Roseann Peiffer

About Roseann: I have always believed that you should follow your dreams, and follow what's in your heart.  I am now living my dream of competing at a higher level in sport.  It was always my dream to be a really great athlete, and I believe I have become one.  There will be people in your life that tell you you cannot do something.  I have had my fair share of failures in life, but it is about how we get up from those failures, dust ourselves off, and strive to reach higher, be positive, and never, ever give up.

Sport Discipline: Triathlon, Duathlon

Most memorable moment in your multisport career: My most memorable moment in my multisport career was not only competing in two ITU World Triathlon Grand Finals, but how I qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.  I had placed 7th overall female in a qualifying race the year before which still did not qualify me for the 2017 70.3 World Championship.  Because of this, I signed up for another qualifier, Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga.  I really wanted to qualify for Worlds because it was in the U.S. in 2017.  Well, I ended up having a tough race at Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga.  The swim is my strongest, and it was cut short and the upstream portion was cut out due to a strong river current.  When I got to the bike, my legs just did not feel strong.  I ended up dehydrating a bit on the bike because I still had not figured out what was right for my body regarding nutrition and hydration for longer events.  So when I got to the run, things really fell apart. 

When I got off the bike my first mile was under an 8:00min/mile and I felt great.  I had planned to stay around an 8:00min/mile pace.  After that I could not hold that pace because I started to overheat.  Also, my hips did not feel right and would not let me fully extend for running.  So I did my best.  About halfway through I wanted to give up.  I knew I was not going to have a good run split at all!  But I did not come down there to give it all away.  I had wanted to qualify.  So I sucked it up and jogged and walked when I had to up some hills, but it was a constant struggle.  And I slowed down, but I knew I had to keep going to do my best just in case there was a slim chance I could still qualify.  I did not see any but one girl in my age group pass me.  I was not giving up.  Sometimes it is okay to slow down and do what your body is capable of at that given moment.  I was going to finish the race.  I was actually shocked I came in 5th place in my age group.  I thought it would be much worse with my slow run.  Even though I did not race well I was ecstatic to have qualified for the 2017 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, TN! 

This is my most memorable moment in triathlon so far because it goes to show that you should never give up, no matter how hard the race is or how awful your body is feeling.  I was rewarded for not stopping during my race, even though it was very difficult to continue on.  I wanted to qualify for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship so badly that I had to give the race everything I had.  This is also a metaphor for life because when the going gets tough, it is important to keep moving forward, despite whatever negative circumstances come your way. 

Sport Career Highlights: Qualified for and competed in the 2015 & 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Championship as a member of Team USA; Triathlon & Duathlon All American;  Qualified for and competed in the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, finishing in the top 20% for females; Won my age group in my first triathlon 8 years ago