Joanna Zeiger breaks down the keys to winning the St. Anthony’s Triathlon
ST. PETERSBURG – Former Olympian and reigning Ironman 70.3 champion Joanna Zeiger knows you don’t have to be the fastest swimmer, biker or runner to win the St. Anthony’s Triathlon.
“You have to be strong in all three events,” said Zeiger, a 38-year-old world-class triathlete who also happens to have a Ph.D. in genetic epidemiology, the study of genes, the environment and disease. “To finish first, you have to be smart on each leg.”
Zeiger, who broke the course record by more than four minutes at the Ironman World Championship 70.3 in November in Clearwater, knows the value of being a well-rounded athlete. She has been an Olympic trial qualifier in three sports: swimming, marathon and triathlon.
“You never know what is going to happen,” she said. “You can feel good on the swim and bike, but then you go to run, your legs just won’t go. You have to be ready for anything.”
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