Heather ProchnowJune, 2018
Heather grew up a swimmer but was introduced to triathlon in 2007. She did a couple of sprints but pursued only running races for the next handful of years. Swayed by peer pressure during a random Ragnar race, she signed up to volunteer at IMWI 2013 and signed up for IMWI 2014 because all the cool kids were doing it. After racing in 2014, she was hooked on the sport and hasn’t looked back. She’ll begrudgingly race shorter distances, but loves the half and iron distance races. She branched out from the flatlands of central Illinois and moved to the DC area in early 2015.
Date of Birth/Location: June 20 in Hinsdale, IL
Years Racing: 4
Athletic Background: I swam as a young kid until I graduated from college, but began running in high school to hang out with cute boys.
Strengths on the course: Swimming
Goals for 2018: Put together a strong race, start to finish, that I am proud of. Nail that whole nutrition thing.
Favorite place to train: Hains Point or wherever our girl training trips take us!
Relationship Status: My roommate is a dog – we’re pretty serious. There’s also a cat but he’s a Monster.
Little known fact about me: I love cooking shows and hate to cook, but I will bake you cookies and let you lick the spoon.
Favorite Races: IM Wisconsin
Favorite Result: 4th AG at IMMT 2015 or 5th AG at IMMD – hardest I’ve ever fought for an IM finish.
Favorite thing when not swimming, biking, or running: Going to movies, exploring DC, trying new restaurants, hanging with friends/family
Favorite Foods: pizza, tacos, sushi, bubble tea, Reese’s Pieces
Other cool bit: I play with animals for a living. I love the Nats. I like wine. I have a strange adoration of dinosaurs.
2018 Race Schedule:
- Rock N Roll Half-Marathon DC – March 10th
- Illinois Marathon – April 28th
- Kinetic Sprint – May 12th
- IM Wisconsin 70.3 – June 10th
- Rev3 Williamsburg 70.3 – July 8th
- IM Wisconsin – September 9th
- Watermans Olympic – September 29th
2017 Race Schedule:
- Rock N Roll Half-Marathon DC – March 11th
- Monticelloman 70.3 – May 7th
- IM Eagleman 70.3 – June 11th
- IM Lake Placid – July 23rd
- IM Maine 70.3 – August 27th