Heather Gollnick Chats About Life In Steamboat Springs

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  • Published Apr 9, 2013
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Professional triathlete Heather Gollnick chats about her family’s transition to Colorado and her plans to take part in Race Across America this summer.

Heather Gollnick sat at Steaming Bean Coffee on Thursday, her mind wandering to what was going on outside. She was itching to get on her bike and try to find a cloud on a cloudless Thursday.

This is what life is like for Gollnick.

There isn’t enough time in the day. She jokes she wishes she didn’t have to sleep. And when it comes to spending a day inside, doing nothing?

“Never,” Gollnick said. “Unless I’m sick or injured, I rarely sit on the couch.”

She likes it that way. In fact, she insists on it being that way. Gollnick, winner of five Ironman competitions and a glut of half-Ironmans, moved to Steamboat Springs three months ago from Florida with her husband, Todd, and their three children — twin 16-year-olds Josh and Jordan, and 13-year-old Zachary.

The move was partly a result of a shift in her personal life and partly so her teens could grow up in a place she loves.

Gollnick lived in Steamboat from the sixth through eighth grades and the family regularly vacationed here.

“Where we were, we weren’t at peace with where we were living,” she said. “It was a little rougher. Here, if my son wants to walk downtown, he can. There, I wouldn’t let them go out on their bikes.”

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