Birthdate: July 9, 1972
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Current Residence: Boulder, Colo.
Team: Team Trakkers, REV3, Kestrel, Avia, First Endurance, TYR, Recovery Pump, Vision, ZIPP
Coach: Me, myself and I
Year Turned Pro: 2003
- 1st, Ironman 70.3 Pucon (2010)
- 1st, Ironman 70.3 Muskoka (2011)
Before I was a professional triathlete, I was….working as a personal trainer at Meadowbrook Aquatics (home of Michael Phelps) in Baltimore, Md.
Describe your introduction to triathlon: Before triathlon, I ran at the University of Tennessees. I left college athletics with a bad taste in my mouth. I was burned out. Two years after my running career ended, I started looking for a new challenge when a friend suggested that I try a triathlon.
Who has influenced your triathlon career the most/and how? Dave Scott. Dave was my coach when I first started racing professionally. He believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. He is an amazing coach. He has the ability to guide an athlete with sensibility. He doesn't give a mindless, cookie cutter training program to follow. He takes the time to get to know the athlete, assess their strengths and weakness...thereby giving a program suited for them.
Which event do you most look forward to each year and why? I love going to Ironman Hawaii. Even though I have not raced there since 2004, I love the vibe of the Island. I love catching up with my triathlon friends and sponsors. Michael (Lovato) and I have been their the last 13 years. I have raced there three times, Michael has raced there 12 times.
What do you consider your biggest accomplishment as a triathlete? Longevity in the sport. I have been racing triathlon since 1997. I started racing as a professional in 2003. I have never been injured and I love to train and race.
Training partners: Jasmine Oeinck, my husband Michael Lovato, and super Age Grouper - Dirty G Money!
More Info: http://www.amandalovato.com
Image by: Photo: Nick Salazar