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I recently met up with Liz Lyles at her work. In fact, anywhere outside is considered her office. But on this day she was at Montreux Country Club where she teaches spinning and weights. It was 1 in the afternoon and already she had ridden her bike and gone on a run. After our interview, she will swim. Liz is a pro triathlete. And amazingly, she started this career just one year ago.  "I went and signed up for Ironman Wisconsin which was in September and just took place last week and I went out and won my first Ironman with a sub 3 marathon off the bike so I set the course record on the run."

She's now training for the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe.  Like all Ironman events it's a 2.4 mile swim. A 112 mile bike ride followed by a marathon at 26.2 miles.  She trains 25 hours a day while being a full time mom to a 3 and 5 year old.   "For example, Tuesday I had a 6 hour bike ride so I taught here at 6am, went home and got the kids dressed for school, fed, dropped them off to school, came home, got my biking gear on, went up and did two and a half loops of the Ironman Lake Tahoe course, come home, plus I had to coordinate who's picking them up at school."

This Reno resident is hoping to win our hometown Ironman race. She considers it her home course and she knows very well.   "I can't tell you how many times I've ridden the course. I know every bump in the road, every tree, every crack. I know that course."

Her goal time is around 9 hours 30 minutes. A respectable time proving Liz has become one of the top triathletes in the world. 3 weeks after Ironman Lake Tahoe, she will compete at the world championship race in Kona. She figures she has 5 more years of serious racing and wants to see just how far she can push her body.

Written By Wendy Damonte
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