Our three lovely cover models aren’t just camera ready—they’re also race ready. Each of them are active triathletes with different competitive backgrounds and goals within the sport. We sat down with each of them to learn more about their favorite races, race rituals and what they look for in race apparel.

Name: Angela Durazo (shown above, left)

Age: 28

Location: Both Los Angeles/La Jolla

How long have you been a triathlete?  4 years

Favorite race distance: Olympic!

Favorite triathlon: ITU Hamburg, There’s nothing like racing in Europe, just amazing energy. The course was breathtaking.

Favorite post-race splurge: Gluten Free French Toast

Pre-race superstition or ritual: I listen to AC/DC the morning before the race to get me in the “zone.”

Little known fact about you: I have 5 brothers (no sisters).

What was your favorite outfit from the shoot and why?

Pearl Izumi tri suit. Fit like a glove, comfortable, leg fabric does not cinch up, love the design, fabric breathes.

 What was your favorite part of the day?

The whole day! The LAVA crew was so much fun to work with! It was an honor working with Don [Miralle].  Working with Sara and Elise were awesome; they are very sweet ladies.

What do you think is the most important feature for a race kit to have?

Besides overall functional comfort, the leg fabric needs to stay put, not cinch up.

What is a pet peeve of yours when it comes to women’s racing apparel?

I think women’s race apparel has come a long way, we have a lot of great comfortable, functional and fashionable options available now.

Function or fashion: which is more important to you in a piece of clothing you race in?  Function!

 

Name: Elise Walker (show above, middle)

Age: 26

Location: San Diego

How long have you been a triathlete? 1 year

Favorite race distance: 140.6 miles

Favorite triathlon: Ironman Coeur d’Alene

Pre-race superstition or ritual: My pre-race ritual is to go for a relaxing paddle on my SUP followed by meditation.

Little known fact about you: A little known fact about me is that the Coeur d’alene Ironman, which I did in June 2013, was actually my first ever triathlon. I signed up for the race, before I had ever even clipped into bike pedals. My friends and family all asked me, “Why do an Ironman for your first triathlon, why not something just a little shorter?” Honestly, when I turned 25, I had a quarter-life crisis. I had to do something that seemed impossible, I had to prove to myself that I can do anything in this life if I really want it.

What was your favorite outfit from the shoot and why?

I loved the Zoot two piece! It was so cute!

What was your favorite part of the day?

One of my favorite parts of the day was getting my hair done; I never style my hair, let alone have someone do it for me. It’s nice to get dolled up every once in a while.

What do you think is the most important feature for a race kit to have?

 A little pocket for some cash because you never know when you may want to call it quits and go grab a drink.

What is a pet peeve of yours when it comes to women’s racing apparel?

I don’t like logos all over the apparel; one or two small and modest are fine, as long as it doesn’t seem so in your face.

Function or fashion: which is more important to you in a piece of clothing you race in?

You have to have a balance of both; no one is going to feel comfortable performing in something hideous or something that doesn’t fit them right.

 

 Name: Sarah Demerly (shown above, right)

Age: 31

Location: Lake Orion, Michigan

How long have you been a triathlete? 8 years

Favorite race distance: Ironman 70.3

Favorite triathlon: Ironman 70.3 St. Croix

Favorite post-race splurge: Either a chocolate chip cookie or a cold IPA

Pre-race superstition or ritual: I always pack my bag in the same order and lay out my clothes, number belt, shoes, helmet etc. in the same order before putting them on—every time.

Little known fact about you: I once hopped up on stage in the middle of a concert with an ABBA cover band in the middle of the Dutch Antilles island of Curacao.

What was your favorite outfit from the shoot and why?

I really liked the Castelli tri suit. I thought the cut and colors were both functional and fashionable. For a snug piece of clothing, I found it to be quite comfortable.

What was your favorite part of the day?

I enjoyed meeting everyone from LAVA and the other models.

What do you think is the most important feature for a race kit to have?

Pockets and flat seams.

What is a pet peeve of yours when it comes to women’s racing apparel?

Color. Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I need to wear pink or try not to be girly by wearing baby blue.

Function or fashion: which is more important to you in a piece of clothing you race in?

Both. The clothing where function meets fashion is sure to end up in my race attire.