- Photo by John Segesta
Linsey Corbin is a professional triathlete… and you can tell she loves it! Formerly Linsey Pickell, the Mountain View high school grad, who currently lives in Montana, is one of the top female triathletes in the the USA. Among her many impressive results is a 5th overall finish at the 2008 Ironman Hawaii, where she was the top US finisher. Linsey was kind enough to answer a few questions for COA:
COA – What got you started in triathlon?
Linsey Corbin – I started triathlon in 2004. After taking a break from competitive running, I started going on bike trips and tours with my parents. We would ride across Washington, Idaho, and in the Northwest. At that point I discovered my love for biking. At that point, I knew I loved to run and now ride… all I had to do was master the swim. I entered my first race in 2004. Raced my first Ironman in 2006. And in 2007 I quit my job and started out my “career” as a professional triathlete.
COA – How did growing up in Bend shape you as an endurance athlete?
LC – I think moving away from Bend helped me realize what mecca Bend really is. We were totally spoiled growing up with amazing trails to run, roads to ride, a great pool and lakes to swim in. I credit a lot of my athletic success to growing up here. Besides having awesome parents – sports were a ton of fun for me in high school. I remember running track and cross country for MVHS and there being 100+ runners on the team. We would do crazy running camps and camping trips that were always stretching the limits. The other thing is everyone was always so nice and supportive… it didn’t matter how fast or slow you were – what mattered was that you were out there and involved. I feel I carry this style of racing, fun and training with me now.
COA – What is your favorite Central Oregon workout?
LC – Well, you won’t find me here training in the winter . Growing up I didn’t ride a bike much, so when I come back to town now I always enjoy the riding. McKenzie Pass is hard to be beat. Having Mt. Bachelor out your doorstep is not too shabby either. Also, Bob Bruce at Juniper Aquatic is just a legend. He has so much passion for swimming. I also love a good long Sunday run on the Deschutes. That is a classic.
COA – Do you have a favorite of the three events?
LC – Probably the bike or the run.
COA – Anything in particular you miss about Central Oregon?
LC – I miss Central Oregon a lot. Right off the bat, I miss Long Board Louies after a big training ride. I would move back here if I could, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find me here in the next 5 years. The weather is great, the amount of talented athletes to race/train with is impressive, the scenery is amazing. My husband, Chris, and I really enjoy our time here when we come to visit. Bend is just a great place and I am lucky to have grown up and to spend time here.
- Photo by John Segesta