Jorgensen has used the software for her triathlon training since her first triathlon in March 2010, and has recently signed an agreement to be officially sponsored by TrainingPeaks. As part of the agreement, Jorgensen will provide select training files to be viewed by the public on her profile page at TrainingPeaks.com. Jorgensen will also be contributing occasional articles to the TrainingPeaks blog.
“TrainingPeaks has allowed me to track my progress from my very first season to now as I train for the Olympics. We’ve used it since day one and it is a huge asset,” said Jorgensen, who trains under the guidance of coach Cindi Bannink, recently named USA Triathlon’s 2011 Coach of the Year. “TrainingPeaks is an effective way for me to communicate with my coach, even when we’re in different cities.”
Jorgensen has taken the competitive triathlon field by storm since she entered her first competitive triathlon in March 2010 at USA Triathlon’s Elite Development Race in Clermont, FL. Though she had been a strong collegiate runner and swimmer at the University of Wisconsin, Jorgensen had to get on a road bike for her first time to train for this race. Nonetheless, she finished eighth overall and earned her pro card on the same day. Less than a year and a half later, she placed second in the ITU World Championship Series, setting the record finish time for an American woman. This automatically qualified her for the 2012 London Olympics, making her the first female to qualify for the 2012 US triathlon team.
TrainingPeaks CEO Gear Fisher says, “Qualifying for the Olympics within your first 18 months of entering the sport is nothing short of incredible, and we were beyond excited when we found out Gwen and her coach Cindi had been using TrainingPeaks along the entire journey. We think Gwen’s story is one that will motivate many aspiring triathletes, and we can’t wait to share her training data and blog articles with our customers.”
Bannink and Jorgensen will use TrainingPeaks to monitor and analyze Jorgensen’s triathlon training throughout 2012, and assess her fitness progress over time.