Jorgensen burst onto the scene last year by finishing second at the World University Games with a run split that was two minutes faster than her nearest competitor. Now, USA Triathlon’s 2010 Rookie of the Year is on her way to the 2012 London Olympics thanks to a second-place finish at the 2011 ITU World Championship Series race in London. Before Jorgensen’s amazing race in London, Triathlete magazine asked her about her favorite things.
Favorite spot to train: Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center, Milwaukee
Favorite open water location: Lake Michigan
Favorite race: USA Triathlon Elite Development Races. They’re close to home and give non-pros the opportunity to race in a draft-legal style format.
Favorite pre-race meal: Bagel with Justin’s Nut Butter, banana or oatmeal with raisins, nuts and PB
Hilly course or flat course? I like hilly courses because they pose a challenge.
Race in heat or more temperate weather? Both are good because the heat is a challenge, but it’s easier to fuel in more temperate races.
Drafting or non-drafting? Non-drafting!
Favorite piece of gear: Timex Tap Watch—I love it!
Favorite way to get through the pain of racing: I think of why I race and train—to glorify God, and to push others (and myself) to be our best.
Proudest moment in triathlon: Representing the USA in the World University Games
PHOTOS: Team USA In London
Favorite post-workout recovery fuel: More Justin’s Nut Butter on a banana and PowerBar Protein Recovery drink
Favorite fuel during a race: PowerBar drink
Favorite workout fuel: PowerBar Protein Bites
Favorite coffee: Alterra
Favorite junk food: Ice cream!
Favorite city to race in: Every race has been in a new city, and I love the adventures because I’m able to experience new cultures every time I race.
Favorite way to avoid bike fees: Smile or just drive my bike in my Honda Insight to the race if it is local.
Favorite way to pass the time in a plane: Sleep, drink water, think about nothing for once, or read.
Favorite book: The Bible
Favorite charity: Boys & Girls Club
Favorite type of music? Country, pop, alternative
Who inspires you? My family—they are hard-working, down-to-earth and incredibly giving.
Favorite pro triathlete: Sarah Haskins has helped me out in workouts, races and in my big-picture training. She’s awesome (along with the many other pro triathletes).
If you weren’t a professional triathlete, you’d be? CPA tax accountant and professional eater