Excited about our next tri friend, Jenny Leiser. Ck her out!!!
1. Tell us a little about yourself in a few sentences?
My name is Jenny Leiser and I reside in Charlotte, NC. I have competed in triathlon events off and on for the past 9 years but I made the leap to go pro. I have a swimming background and continue to work hard to improve my cycling and running legs. I work full time as a forensic chemist and log in 18-20 hours of training most weeks. I spend my down time with my four rescued cats and we taking foster kittens for the Charlotte SPCA.
2. How did you come about the decision to turn pro? Was this a hard or no brainer decision to make?
I was fortunate enough to make the qualification standard at two events. Since I work full time I wasn't sure apply for my pro cars but the right move but I saw it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. I mean, I am not getting any younger, right? I know racing among pro athletes who train full time would be a challenge but only in accepting the challenge will I be fully rewarded with all my hard work.
3. How have your goals changed since going pro?
Since I have a swimming background, I thought I could rely on the swim-bike portion of the race to make up for my weakest leg, running. The women out there are phenomenal runners so I knew I would have to step up my game a bit. I have been working really hard on improving my run and the hard work has paid off so far. I have enjoyed the process of leaving my swimming days behind gaining the confidence of being a well rounded triathlete.
Sadly forensic chemistry is not nearly as glamorous as it looks on TV. I have a set schedule, 8-5, where I spend most of my day in my lab running testing and shuffling paper work. Several times a month I am asked to testify in court to explain what I do in the lab and how I have to the conclusion I did regarding a piece of evidence. Having a regular schedule helps to keep me balanced. I workout before and after work everyday. In order to do this, I definitely make sacrifices but I always make time for those I care about. I also make sure I leave time for me that does not involve swimming, biking, or running. I spend most of my down time at home experimenting in the kitchen with vegan/vegetarian recipes. I also like to knit. Knitting is a type of meditation for me that has no competitive aspect to it. I give away everything I knit so it is a rewarding past time.
5. One tip for individuals with a pool swimming background transitioning to open water.
Transitioning from the pool to the open water is easy you just have to be confident in your ability. A lot of people get in open water situations and panic. This just makes this worse for everyone. Calm your breathing and relax, even with so much going on around you. The more you can relax and continue swimming the better you will feel. Pool swimming is very rhythmic. No matter what breathing pattern you are conformable you can stick with it lap after lap. When you are swimming open water it is ok to deviate from that pattern so that you can breathe when it best suits you and you can sight buoys when you feel like you need guidance. If you feel like you are off course, it is ok to take a few moments to stop, tread water, and reorient yourself with the buoys before continuing.
6. Will you share with us your favorite swim work out?
I like to mix it when I am in the pool. I enjoy doing other strokes, incorporating kick sets, and 25 sprints. Sometimes I write swim sets for me and a couple of buddies. Of course we make it a little competitive. I wrote this one last December. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed competing for the "King of the Mountain" title:Main Set:
KOM - Who will it be? Please take :30 rest between each set of two
- 2x 100 on 2:00
- 2x 100 on 1:55
- 2x 100 on 1:50
- 2x 100 on 1:45
- 2x 100 on 1:40
- 2x 100 on 1:35
- 2x 100 on 1:30
- 2x 100 on 1:25
- 2x 100 on 1:20
- 2x 100 on 1:15
- and so on . . .
RULES: To be crowned KOM you have to do 2x 100 in a row at the said interval. If you make 1x 100 but miss the second one you have one chance to redeem yourself. ONE CHANCE! Take :60 to recover and start over where you missed. If you make those 2, continue descending the interval from there.
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