Hometown: Kelowna, BC, Canada
Currently Lives in: Penticton, BC, Canada
Favourite Swagman Rack: The Semi 2.0
“It has a great locking system, so when we are away on road trips, I don’t have to worry about the security of our bikes at all!”
WEBSITE: Jen Annett
Competition schedule for 2018
Ironman Texas North American Championships
Bare Bones Duathlon
Ironman Victoria 70.3
Ironman CDA 70.3
Ironman Lake Placid
Ironman World Championships
How did you get started in triathlons?
After moving to Penticton in 2005, I watched my first Ironman in 2006. Having never seen an event like this, I was so emotionally moved and inspired.
You jumped right in that first year with an Ironman competition.
Yeah! After getting married in 2007, I signed up for my first Triathlon – Ironman Canada 2008. When spring rolled around, I decided it would probably be a good idea to do a race or two before the big one. I ended up winning my age group in my first two triathlons, as well as in Ironman Canada, qualifying me for Kona in 2008. I was officially hooked!
Success came quite early for you and has continued.
I continued to race age group for 2009-2011, winning or placing in the top two in each race, as well as qualifying again for Kona in 2009 and 2010. 2012 would bring the birth of our son, so I went back to racing in 2013. After coming back even stronger, some friends from the local Triathlon Club convinced me to try racing Pro. I know that I raced very well as an age grouper, but was doubtful that I could place well in a Pro Field. Nonetheless, I entered Challenge Penticton’s inaugural race in 2013 as a Pro. My doubts about myself were blown away as I placed Third Pro Woman.
You were diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2010. How has that affected your sport life?
I race triathlon first and foremost, because I love everything about it! I love the challenge, the people I have met in the sport, and the incredible sense of accomplishment each time I cross the finish line. I also race because of my medical condition. When I was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2010, and was told that I should no longer participate in this sport because of safety reasons. I am stubborn and don’t like being told that I can’t do something. So, rather than quit, I chose to come up with ways to train and race safely (ie. Not swimming in open water alone; always wearing a different colored swim cap in a race, etc.) So far it has worked and I have had incredible support from friends, family, and race coordinators. And trust me, I would not be able to do what I do without the huge amount of support I have from my husband. Together we have found ways to work as a team to balance life, work, training and family. My inspiration really comes from my desire to inspire others. Through overcoming my epilepsy diagnosis and continuing to race and train, I want to show people that they can overcome roadblocks, not just in sport, but in life as well.