5 Days to Kona - Jennifer Schaffner




We’re almost there: 5 days to Kona! Today, we introduce to you Jennifer Schaffner, an American Argonette. A triathlete since 2010, she already raced 10 Ironmans! Unbelievable. Good show, Jennifer! “Third time’s a charm!” (That’s her motto for her 3rd World Championship participation.)


General Info

  • Jennifer Schaffner
  • Age 44, but competing in 45-49 this year because her birthday is in October
  • American
  • 6 years as a triathlete
  • Career highlights
    - Since 2010: Raced 10 Ironmans
    - 2015: 1st in AG at Ironman Louisville
  • 3rd World Championship participation 


Race Info

  • Bike: E-119 Tri+
  • Bike set-up
    - Shimano Ultegra Di2 / Zipp 404/808 wheel set on race day
  • Speciality:
    - Definitely the run but I have worked hard over the years to improve my bike!
  • Personal saying
    - “Third time’s a charm!” (That’s my motto for this race.) For this year, my motto has been: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
  • What is your bike split objective?
    - I haven’t biked to my potential yet in Kona and I think it’s because I have held back too much in fear of imploding on the run. This year I plan to take a risk and go for a Kona bike PR.



  • Favourite food during the race
    - Bike: Bonk Breaker Peanut Butter & Jelly
    - Run: green grapes in the Energy Lab
  • Superstition/preparation ritual
    - In 10 Ironman races I have never made a run special needs bag because I don’t let myself consider the possibility that things might go wrong on the run. That strategy has always worked out and I don’t plan to change it for Kona.




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