Sara Duchesne

I started my athletic career in the anaerobic sport of Cross Country Skiing in Canada which leant itself to off-season training of running and cycling. I quickly found myself ready for the challenge of triathlons in the late eighties when my hometown hosted the “Mini-Ironman”. I quickly had to learn how to improve my swimming ability having mastered the ability to dance on the frozen version.

I found myself pursuing an education in Nursing in an area with more endurance competitions and started refining my triathlon and running skills completing my first Ironman Canada in 12:42 gaining entry into The Ironman World Championships in Hawaii at age 22, but did not view myself as a seasoned triathlete at this age.

I continued to be competitive in all endurance competitions as I grew my family, maintaining a training program with my husband and competing in local events and sharing my love of endurance sports with my family and friends.

I quickly rose to the top of my age group when moving to the United States to pursue my doctorate in Physical Therapy. I routinely placed in the top 3 in my age group for 10 milers, marathons and local triathlons.

At age 44 after a serious scoliosis surgery to correct a 50 degree curve in my spine I ran the Houston marathon in 3:35 qualifying for the prestigious Boston Marathon. Instead of using that year for Boston I set a plan to complete in Ironman Texas, the North American Championships being held in my adopted town of The Woodlands, Texas. As part of my preparation I re-qualified for the Boston marathon in a time of 3:36 in much warmer conditions. I went on to complete the Texas Ironman in a time of 11:01 bettering my PR of 16 years prior by 2 hours but running a scorching marathon of 3:43 off the bike of 112 miles.

My next main goal is to get to Kona! When I started beingcoached by Chris he laid out a plan that progressed me in a way not to stress out my back too much, but yet gain fitness on a very high level. With his run background and experience he got my run back up to speed pretty quickly. Once I decided to do Ironman Texas he devised a plan to maximize all three disciplines and have me ready for Ironman Texas. Chris pays attention to every detail and I know that if I follow his plan the that I will continue to meet my goals. Anybody looking to improve in running or in Multi-sport should contact Chris at StraitSpeed.