“I started coaching Alissa in the summer of 2018. What I loved about Alissa from the start was her incredible attitude. She had been through so much in the previous year, but looked upon it all as an experience that she would grow from, learn from and strengthen from. Her Positivity, determination, and presence are the things that made me want to coach her. Alissa is incredibly hard-work, passionate, and an absolute joy to coach. With her relentless spirit, and awesome work ethic,there is no doubt, this great athlete will achieve her dreams in this sport.” – Siri Lindley
Top Professional Results
2017 USA Triathlon Elite Women’s Rookie of the Year
2017: Four consecutive Ironman 70.3 podium finishes
70.3 Eagleman – 2nd Place
70.3 Racine – 3rd Place
70.3 Steelhead – 2nd Place
70.3 Augusta – 3rd Place
Top Age Group Triathlon Results
2016 USA Triathlon Olympic Distance Age Group Overall National Champion
Professional Running (2009-2015)
5,000m 15:28, 10,000m 32:14
2012 London Olympics Marathon Team Alternate
2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, 8th place 2:31:56
2011 Team USA World XC Team Member, Bronze Medal
2011 Team USA World Marathon Team Member
April 7th – Ironman 70.3 Texas – Galveston, TX
May 4th – Ironman 70.3 North American Championship – St. George, UT
June 2nd – Ironman 70.3 Victoria – Victoria, BC
June 30th – Ironman 70.3 Steelhead – Benton Harbor, MI
July 27th – Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa – Santa Rosa, CA
Sep 7th – Ironman 70.3 World Championship* – Nice, France
Favorite Tough Training Session
I am still getting to know triathlon training, so while I can’t name any specific workout, I have always loved sessions that when I look at them on paper prior, I am uncertain of being able to complete it, because the feeling of accomplishment afterwards is so sweet.
What Inspires Alissa
My family and faith are major sources of inspiration for me. The women in my family are fierce! One of my Grandmas was a VP at a bank in an era where it was unpopular and the other was a major go-getter and always on the go, so when things get tough, I channel their energy. They would never give up, so neither do I! I also feel compelled to use my God-given talents to the best of my ability.
At the risk of sounding cheesy, I have to say my parents. My dad bought his Veterinary practice the year I was born, and it has been incredible to watch my parents labor and sacrifice to grow it and give their clients a great experience. They have worked so hard, but never neglected or pushed us to the side. From them, I learned how to find joy in hard work. They loved their kids to excellence, never putting pressure on us, but simply asking that we do our best.
How Alissa overcomes adversity in triathlon
Whether healthy or injured, my strategy is taking it one day at a time. In January of 2018, I was in a hit-and-run cycling accident and spent months waiting for my bones to heal. I had X-Rays and MRI’s for months and if I sat around waiting for the next appointment, I would’ve gone crazy, so I started chunking it into one day at a time. This allowed me to fill my days with positivity rather than let it drag me down. I also do this with my training. It can feel overwhelming to look ahead at a full week of training but if I take it one day at a time, I can hit those marks hard and happily, rather than worrying about tomorrow before it’s even here.