My Favorite Things: Caitlin Snow

  • By Julia Polloreno
  • Published Mar 7, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC

The Brockton, Mass.-based pro has been the top American woman in Kona the past two years. At the 2011 Ironman World Championship, she ran a 2:53 marathon—only Chrissie Wellington and Mirinda Carfrae ran faster—and finished ninth. A born athlete (she won a crawling race at 6 months old), Snow started running at 13, when she first began doing triathlon. She swam and ran throughout high school and went on to win an NCAA national championship as a college senior. After some success on the ITU circuit, Snow was invited to train and race for USAT’s development team. Knee surgery sidelined her for the 2006 season, but she came back to race her first Ironman in 2007 at Lake Placid, where she finished 13th. A year later she won that race—two days after an  impromptu wedding to pro Tim Snow—and decided to leave her job as a high school math teacher to pursue triathlon as a full-time pro. The 30-year-old coach-athlete is ramping up for a busy 2012 season, with her ultimate goal  being an even  stronger showing in Kona.


Workout song: “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Swim workout: “Monster Set” (1000 pull, 9×100 swim, 4×200 with paddles, 7×100 swim, 600 pull, 5×100 swim, 2×200 with paddles, 3×100 swim, 200 pull, 100 swim)

Purchase in the past week:  A potato ricer to make homemade sweet-potato gnocchi!

Vacation spot: Lake Placid, N.Y.

Nickname: Cait

Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Non-tri athlete: Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia

Guilty pleasure: Deep-fried Oreos

Race: Kona

Pre-race meal: Applesauce, banana, PowerBar Perform, whey protein

Post-race meal: Massive ice cream sundae

Race experience: My first time finishing Kona

Words of encouragement: “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” —Rocky Balboa

Spot to train: Wherever my training buddies are!

Piece of gear: Quintana Roo CD0.1 bike

Books: A Christmas Carol, The Great Gatsby, The Help, Great Expectations, Les Misérables and The Book Thief

Charity: Plymouth Fragment Society

Music: Eagles, Citizen Cope, Adele

Race fuel: Milk Chocolate Brownie PowerBar Performance



Julia Polloreno

Julia Polloreno

Julia Polloreno is the editor at large of Triathlete magazine. A Stanford University graduate with an award-winning track record in publishing, Polloreno is a two-time Ironman finisher and has been a competitive triathlete for more than a decade.

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