Howland’s run (and bike and swim)
by Mike Slodki
ELBURN—Triathlons are difficult for even the most experienced athlete.
However, one needs the will. Elburn resident and Kaneland High School senior Jen Howland continues to employ that, as well as training and her athletics gifts to continue on the triathlon circuit both stateside and abroad.
Most recently finishing 20th in the junior women’s category at the ITU World Championship Grand Final in Budapest, Hungary, Howland continues to enjoy her work.
“It’s my passion, and I hope to do it for a long time,” Howland said.
The recent cross-country State qualifier has been participating in the event for nine years.
“It was a local Delnor kids triathlon,” Howland said her introduction to the race.
“When I train, it’s for 30-35 hours a week. I’ll be in the pool once or twice a day, run every day and bike every other day,” Howland said.
Having finished in Budapest with a time of one hour, 23 seconds, a two-second improvement over her 2009 World Championship, Howland has big goals ahead.
“I want to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Next year, I’ll start training and pushing myself. I really want to be a professional triathlete,” Howland said.
The junior women’s championship in 2011 is set for Beijing, China.