Twenty-five-year old Molly Hummel began her athletic career in high school as a Nordic skier, mountain biker and cross
At the University of Colorado in Boulder, she began road racing and continued throughout college. She finished up at
Fort Lewis College, where the team won the National Collegiate Championships in the team time trial in 2006.
After graduation in 2007, she turned pro, racing about a year and a half in the pro circuit before deciding road
racing wasn't for her.
After switching to Xterra triathlons for a few years, Hummel settled on road triathlons, combining her years of
experience as a road cyclist with her Xterra experience. Her success has skyrocketed.
The transition to the pro triathlon circuit began in 2009 after a strong finish at the Wildflower Triathlon in
"I had a really good race there," Hummel said, "and I got my pro upgrade because of my result in that race."
Sponsorships come with success in racing, and Hummel was picked up by the Power Bar Elite Team and Nuun-Blueseventy, although she readily admits that she cannot live exclusively on her pro status.
Hummel has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and has taught at Colorado Timberline Academy and Durango High
School and is currently looking for a full-time position after taking last winter off to train in Maui.
Originally she planned to move to Tucson for the winter. But when the opportunity to train in Maui came up, she took
it, spending three and a half months there.
"It was an awesome experience;" Hummel said, "but also very lonely. There was no one to train with, it was hard to be
alone so much.
"If I go somewhere else to train, I will make sure there is a triathlon community so I have people to train with."
Locally, Hummel has won Tri the Rim the last three years.
She remembers her first Tri the Rim at the age of 11 when it was so cold. She had to ride her mountain bike because
the roads were wet from snow.
"I've always been a competitor," Hummel said, "for as long as I can remember. It's a part of me I guess. Training is
fun. The tri community here is small, but they're all great people."
Hummel is coached by Rick Crawford and so far has races scheduled through August.
On May 1 she competed in the Ford Ironman St. George in Utah, finishing in ninth place among pro women (11 hours, 28
Currently her training schedule is big in volume with four- and five-hour bike rides followed by two-hour runs one
day and a lighter day of swimming and biking or running, alternating this schedule throughout the week.
Asked how she plans to fit a full-time job into all of this, she said, "I haven't figured that out yet."
As a competitive Ironman triathlete Hummel admits that qualifying for Kona would be awesome but also realizes how
hard that will be - especially given the changes in the qualifications for this year.
According to Hummel, you have to be within 5 percent of the winner's time to qualify.
With such a successful start at St.George, I'm sure we will see Molly's name repeatedly as she continues to compete.
Reach Marjorie Brinton at firstname.lastname@example.org