Tami Ritchie begins her third pro season in 2013. Working full time as a cardiac nurse, she trains for and races triathlons, specializing in the half-Ironman distance. On top of all that, she coaches classes for the local tri club and teaches private swim lessons at the Y. We couldn't be more proud to sponsor her.
Check our blog after each of her races, read her race reports, and see how she's doing!
4/7/2013 Ironman 70.3 Texas
5/5/2013 Ironman 70.3 St. Croix
6/2/2013 Pigman Sprint Triathlon, Palo, Iowa
6/23/2013 Copper Creek Triathlon (Sprint), Pleasant Hill, Iowa — Storms converted it to 5K race
7/21/2013 Ironman 70.3 Racine
8/25/2013 Ironman Louisville
10/27/2013 Ironman 70.3 Austin
12/1/2013 Ironman Cozumel
Growing up in Minnesota, Tami was in gymnastics and did a little volleyball and basketball. She started swimming around age 9 and continued through college. She came to Iowa to go to Iowa State University and to swim. During her senior year she qualified for the 200 fly finals at the 2006 Big 12 Championships.
It was friends that made her decide to stay in Iowa, friends like the one who convinced her to sign up for a triathlon in 2007. She had done a marathon after graduation, and she was already a fast swimmer. However, she didn’t own a bike. She bought a used one on eBay and rode it about 4 or 5 times before the triathlon, freaking out that her feet were attached to the pedals!
In 2008, she began actively training for triathlon. She many had successes in 2010 including 2nd female overall at the Hy-Vee Triathlon—in the chaos of an impending Iowa thunderstorm and a last-minute race change from an Olympic distance to a sprint. Summer and a trip to Steelhead brought a 3rd overall female, 1st in age group finish in the half-Ironman. This qualified her for the World Championships in Clearwater! She got another age group win at Branson 70.3 in September. In November, she took 10th overall female, 6th in her age group at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
In 2011 she decided to go pro in order to get "a little extra fire under [her] butt." She knew that she would have to train consistently and smartly to race at that level.
It must have worked. She took 8th at the St. Croix 70.3 in May 2011, 1st in the Pigman Sprint in June, and 7th in the Kansas 70.3 a week after Pigman. In August 2012 she placed 2nd in both the Omaha Triathlon and the Lake Marion Triathlon. And she finished 4th at the Branson 70.3 in September.
She looks forward to continuing and improving her successes in 2013.
"I love finishing a race knowing you raced smart and gave every last bit you had. When you’re struggling to make it to the finish line at the same pace, but haven’t 'bonked,' then you know you gave it your all."