Get to Know a Kona Age Grouper: Lisa Comer

Meet this 45-year-old age grouper from upstate New York.

As you inevitably become gripped with Kona fever, you may be wondering what you can do to nab a spot at triathlon’s crown jewel. Every day leading up to the 2017 Ironman World Championship, we’re profiling age group athletes who’ve earned a ticket to the sport’s grandest stage so you can read about their journey, race plans, personality, gear—everything it took to make these athletes Kona material. Read their stories here and then get ready to cheer for them on race day.

Name: Lisa Comer
Age: 45
Location: Corning, N.Y.
Occupation: Teacher
Race bike: Trek Speed Concept 7.5 in grey
Bib number: 1206
Coach: “I train with with TriMarni Coaching and Nutrition”
How I qualified: “Ironman Mont Tremblant. This was my second Ironman, but the first time I tried to qualify.”

On preparing for Kona’s conditions… 
“It has been unusually warm lately in upstate New York so I have been training outside. I have also spent some time in the sauna each week.”

On balancing outside responsibilities…
“I teach full time and have two children. I plan my week ahead of time so that I will know where my training fits with my kids’ schedule. I also prep meals on Sunday for the coming week.”

Her Kona goal… 
“I want to execute a good race while enjoying as much of my race experience as possible.”

Her Kona nutrition plan… 
“I plan to use a custom formula of Infinit on the bike. For the run, I will wear a hydration belt with Clif hydration for the 1st half and take what’s on the course for the 2nd half of the run.”

The key thing that helped her qualify for Kona… 
“The guidance of a great coach really helped me get to the next level.”

One thing to know about her… 
“I train and race with a lot of heart.”