Lisa is one of America’s best long distance triathletes, a 3x iron-distance champion and record holder, making regular appearances on podiums around the world. She came to triathlon after a successful collegiate distance running career in cross country/track, learning quickly and enjoying the process every step of the way.
A professional triathlete since 2009, Lisa is known for her perseverance, “can do” and “never give up” attitude. She is a menacing presence with closing run speed and persistence to the bitter end, never letting the competition feel content. She attributes this perseverance after experiencing a turning point in her family life when, at age 11, Lisa's father was in a swimming accident that left him quadriplegic. This experience and her father's positive approach to a devastating life change is deeply ingrained in her.
Growing up in a rural Illinois town where community supported and her an especially rallied around her family after her father's accident, Lisa truly believes in community, integrity and giving back. She is a regular at local events - either competing or volunteering. When not racing, Lisa enjoys travelling, baking, landscape design and working with a local youth triathlon team.
She has taught bicycle safety classes as a League Cycling Instructor, volunteers for a Youth Triathlon Club in Tucson, assists at local events and takes a great interest in helping people of all ages lead active, healthy lifestyles. She is open, approachable, kind, hard-working, tireless, fair and is a fierce friend.