Name: Jessica Erin Broderick
Location: Chula Vista, Calif. and Boulder, Colo.
Education: Bachelors in Journalism from University of Colorado- Boulder
Favorite Triathlon Distance: Olympic Distance Draft Legal
Triathlon Awards/PRs: 2009 Collegiate National Champion
Favorite Post Race Splurge: Mint Ice Cream
Pre-Race Ritual: Morning shower
Personal Mantra: Live, Laugh, Love
You’ve been competing professionally as a triathlete for more than a year. How has your life changed since you were a collegiate triathlete at Boulder?
I have had my pro card since 2009, but my priority has obviously been my studies for the past four years. Collegiate racing was a blast and I really enjoyed my time with the CU Tri team. I finished school in December 2012 and since then have been focusing on sport in Boulder while doing little jobs here and there. I made the decision to commit to sport after talking with coaches, friends and family, and I am really excited for the opportunity to chase my dreams.
You studied physiology and journalism at CU Boulder, and spent time as an intern at VeloNews. What are your favorite triathlon-related subjects to write about?
Writing is a passion of mine, but so is learning. I am always reading about nutrition, sports psychology, recovery, training and other triathlon topics, trying to learn more as an athlete so I can find a system that works for me and make it my routine. Obviously there is trial and error (sometimes a lot of it!) but I truly love educating myself, and love even more to share it with the triathlon community through writing. This is one of the reasons I started a blog about four years ago- it brings me great pleasure to share my knowledge and experiences with athletes all over the world.
You are currently training as part of an Elite squad in San Diego under Olympic triathlon coach Darren Smith. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from him so far?
You must do the simple things well every day to get better. Darren is really a spectacular coach, and I am honored to be working with him and the D Squad this year.
Do you have any long-term plans to start competing on the Ironman 70.3 or Ironman circuit?
I would love to do long distance racing later on in life, but I have no plans of getting into it soon. I am fully focused on draft legal, and my goals and dreams are specific to that style of racing for now.
What is your favorite triathlon workout?
There is something magical about long runs, and I am sure that other athletes can relate. I really enjoy going out on trails to be alone with my thoughts and listen to my breath. I read a quote recently that Jesse Thomas posted: “The answers to most of life’s questions can be found on a run.” I agree with this entirely, and I think running can be a great release. There is nothing that makes me feel more free.
What is your least favorite triathlon workout?
I honestly don’t have one. I like to approach every training session with an open mind, and that way I get the most out of it. If I have a session that I dread, I won’t go into it with an attitude that will make me a better athlete. Areas of weakness for an athlete are usually the training sessions that are tougher both mentally and physically, but training your weaknesses is key to improvement!
What are your long-term professional goals in the sport of triathlon?
My big dream is to compete in the Olympics. I have several short term goals that I would like to reach as stepping stones to the big goal, and I know that getting to a very high level takes time. Ultimately, I want to get the most out of myself as an athlete, whatever that means, and know that I gave it absolutely everything I have.
What else would you like LAVA readers to know about you?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my amazing family and friends. It really does take a team, and their love and support means everything to me.
Jessica Broderick’s first column will premiere next week on lavamagazine.com.