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Pro Athletes Training in Northern Nevada

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When the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe race started, 20 professional women took off. Nearly nine hours later only one would be crowned the winner. Her name? Asa Lundstrom from Sweden. "I'm very very proud. I'm not sure I got it yet because it feels a bit unreal."

But Asa didn't just win a race. She won the hearts of northern Nevadans as well. Locals offered to help her stay in Reno the seven weeks between Ironman Lake Tahoe and her next Ironman race in Arizona.

The developers of Parc Foret at Montreaux offered Asa the guest house of one of their models. Audi Cycling Team Reno lent her a car and Massage Envy worked out her sore muscles whenever she needed. "I have never ever experienced hospitality like this before anywhere in the world."

At Parc Foret, Asa walks out her front door and hits miles of trails. Tahoe is just 28 minutes door-to-door. And our elevation and stable weather make it ideal for a training playground.

Asa isn't the only top notch athlete taking notice of northern Nevada. 2010 Tour de France champion Andy Schleck and some of his cycling buddies have trained here too. "You have lovely weather; you can do everything. You can ride bike, in a half hour you can ski."

Not only is our geography perfect for training, but the community support is attractive as well.  Molly Fathman is with Parc Foret. "People here in general are just so friendly that we care and then everybody is so active that it's fun for us to rally around an athlete."

Asa placed 5th at Ironman Arizona. She says her time in northern Nevada prepared her well. And one day, she even hopes to call Reno home.

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Written By Wendy Damonte
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