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Jennifer Henry Jennifer Henry

Attrorney (or Complex Commercial Litigation to sound fancy) by day, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in my "free time" (I can teach you to scrapbook all of your greatest triathlete momemts and send handmade thank you cards to your cheering section)

How did you get into triathlon?
My husband Kyle bought us bikes several years ago to ride around the lake. Then I was inspired by a story at the Stampin' Up! convention in 2006, figured I was already riding 12 miles, and am very bouyant so I won't drown, so I just needed to figure out how to run.

How long have you been doing triathlon?
Since May 2008 (if training for one counts as "doing".) After 1st race in July 2008, training got derailed by work that September, and was spotty for about a year and half until March 2010, when I started again in earnest.

Favorite workout?
Pool swims at the J.

Do you have training partners?
In 2008, the rest of the Iron Girls, even though they pretty much left me in the dust. Now, whoever is kind enough to stay at the back with me (which is often my wonderful husband with my daughter in tow). Also Kathy Reynolds, who even though she is an Ironwoman, will stick by me with my turtle pace.

Best Race?
Tri-Rock Sprint 2010. I actually won 1st Place in the Athena division, much to my surprise. All those svelte Fit2Train Athenas must have had something else going on that day.

Worst Race?
Other than my first, the 2010 Trek Women's in Austin. We had a death in the family and I ended up having to fly in from South Carolina late the night before. And there were hills. I hate hills.

Why you do triathlons?
Because it's hard to be motivated to exercise without a goal, and doing three things is more fun than just doing 1 thing.

What's next for you?
Had a baby in December 2011. Next week (June 2012) I'm going to test myself against my time in the last race I did before laying off to gestate -- last year's Olympic at the PlayTri Fest. Then the odd sprint or Oly the rest of 2012. Then (shh, it's a secret), I'd like to build up to a Half Iron in 2013.

Most embarrassing moment doing sports?
umm, I can't believe I'm telling this to almost perfect strangers, but my bra once broke during a high school softball game, turning what would have been a triple into a double to stop and fix the wardrobe malfuntion

Running Shoe that you wear?
Brooks Ariel (which by the way, were free because Run On asked me to be an assistant coach for the spring training class slow runner group. Apparently, there are people who run even slower than me that need encouragement too.)

What time do you wake up?
Around 7 or 7:30, or whenever my human old alarm clocks (ages 4/5 and 5 months) wake me up.

Favorite song to train to?
I don't really train to music. I prefer the ambient sounds of nature.

Out of all 3 sports- which is your favorite?
Definitely not running, though I'm getting better, and it's the easiest to do when short on time. I am probably best at biking (unless hills or wind is involved), but swimming is really growing on me. I love to finish a good workout but not be sweaty.

What kind of food do you eat during a workout?
I like the Clif Shot Blocks -- Cran-Razz, Black Cherry, or Strawberry are my favorite so far.

Favorite food (regular)?
Roasted Corn on the Cob from the Texas State Fair, or I'll settle for corn grilled in the husk

Spouse/Significant Other?
Kyle Henry

Other sports interest?
Yes. Pretty much all of them except the NBA. College basketball and college football are my favorite (we have season tickets to SMU football and basketball and Texas Tech football), but I'll watch pretty much anything in person or on tv, much to my husband's delight. Went to the World Cup in 2006 and the Winter Olympics in 2010. I played softball, volleyball, tennis, and threw the shotput and discus (badly) in high school.

Something that you like to do that is not sports related?
Rubber stamping and scrapbooking, and teaching others how to do it too.

Favorite TV show/movie?
Other than sporting events, I guess Dancing with the Stars, Glee, The Tudors, and Samantha Brown's and Rick Steves' travel shows.

Greatest motivator?
My own aversion to quitting, plus the decreasing size of my clothing. I've lost 115 pounds since December 2009. (Update: gained some during pregnancy, working it off slowly).

Overland Park, KS

Interesting fact about yourself?
I played trombone in my college band, and chose Duke to go to law school so I could play in the basketball pep band and be a Cameron Crazie.

What do you like to do to get away from triathlon?
Hang out with my girls, Evelyn and Lauren.