Qualifying for Team USA OR Why I Drove 1600 Miles for a Sprint Triathlon

Just a quick post; longer version will be up shortly…

Last weekend my husband and I drove 800 miles (each way!) from Virginia to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to race in the USAT Age Group Sprint Nationals. My goal? To place in the top 18 in my age group and secure a spot on the US Team for the 2014 ITU World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.

And since suspense is overrated and time is short, I’ll let you know right now that I DID IT!

I was the 17th woman to cross the line, but after two women received 2 minute penalties for drafting on the bike, I bumped up to 15th place. Finding out that I’d qualified was a dream come true.

To cap it all, my husband and I had the BEST weekend away we’ve had in a long time. With no kids, there was time to talk, listen to 80s music on the radio, go out and eat where WE wanted to eat, have a beer after the race while overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, and much more. πŸ™‚

Here are some pics my husband took of me racing. I could hear him yelling when I came out of the water and in both transitions! Oh yeah, and when I started the run I was in 26th place…you do the math. πŸ˜‰

Miwaukee swim


Milwaukee bike


  1. YAHOOOOOOO!!!!! Congrats on qualifying!!! You must be so excited!!! I can’t wait to read more about your race!
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  2. I love you!!! SO excited for you!! I’m jumping up and down here!
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  3. Fab pics, so proud of my sister, amazing πŸ™‚

  4. Awesome job, Alison! Where are worlds this year?
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    • Alison Gittelman says:

      Thanks, Amanda! This years world champs are in London…bummed I missed out on racing in my birthplace!

  5. Congrats!! You are amazing. I actually qualified for this race and I would have loved to be there to see all the awesome athletes qualify for team USA.
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    • Alison Gittelman says:

      Thanks, Steph!! You should definitely do it next year, it’s a great race and milwaukee is a cool city!

  6. Woohoo – congratulations! Now you get one of those cool trisuits with your name on your butt – I have always loved those. πŸ™‚ And really, getting to say you’re on Team USA is pretty awesome. Where is Worlds this year?
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  7. Congratulations Alison! That’s awesome… I should pay more attention to the ITU official races, I hope you enjoy Edmonton next year!
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  8. So happy for you Alison! Can’t wait to hear the details.

  9. CONGRATS!! That is so exciting!!!
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  10. Woah!! That is so, so awesome, Alison!! I can’t wait to hear all the details!!
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  11. Matt Smith says:

    Wow, congrats – that’s outstanding!. There is nobody better than Stuart for motivating from the sideline. His yelling got me to pick up my pace in the last mile of my first Oly…when I was pretty much out of gas. Good luck in Alberta!

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