Redmond Triathlete Sets Sights on Ironman

by Jeanne Gustafson, via Redmond Patch,

Sheila Croft. Credit Jeanne GustafsonFresh off winning the Rock-and-Roll Marathon in Seattle, Sheila Croft is preparing to make a run at an age group win in Hawaii this October.

You might have seen Sheila Croft riding her bike or running along Redmond Ridge, or maybe swimming at Gold’s Gym in Redmond.

What you might not have realized when you saw her is that this Redmond resident is a force to be reckoned with in competition.

Croft has just come off a big win in the Rock-and-Roll Marathon in Seattle, but to her the race was just fuel to propel her toward her big goal for the year—winning her age group at the Kona, Hawaii, Iron Man Triathlon this October.

Croft said she feels strong and believes she has a good shot at the Iron Man. The Rock-and-Roll win is the latest in a number of good races, including the Seattle Half, which she also won, that she’s had this past year.

“This has definitely boosted my confidence,” Croft said.

The 36-year-old Croft, who is originally from Nova Scotia and moved here a few years ago to close the distance between herself and her partner, Dustin Grosse, says she loves the Northwest climate for training, even if the rain does interfere with bike rides sometimes.

“It’s a lot like Nova Scotia in climate,” she said.

Croft began racing in 2002 in her native Nova Scotia, and was named Rookie of the Year and best female triathlete that year. She competed in her first Iron Man in Wisconsin in 2004 and since has competed in six full Iron Man competitions and a few full marathons.

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