Meet Hillary Biscay

Posted: January 21, 2011 in KestrelBlog

So I’ve been watching Hillary for since 2002 when I saw her come out of the water in Kona. Girl has some guns on her and is an awesome swimmer. This year she’s going to rock the Trakker’s team and her new Kestrel 4000.

Plus, she’s one of the few women I know who thinks Ironman wasn’t enough and decided to do an Ultraman. Serious Type A girl here!

Here’s a bit about Hillary.

Career Highlights: 2008 Ironman Wisconsin Champion, 5x 2nd-place iron-distance finishes, 24x top-5 iron-distance finishes, 15x iron-distance podium (top-3) finishes

Hillary Biscay is the most prolific iron-distance competitor on the professional women’s racing circuit. In 2006, she set a standard in Ironman racing by becoming the first person to record six top-five Ironman finishes in one season. Hillary set another precedent in 2008 by winning her first ironman title at Ironman Wisconsin in a unique fashion: this was her eighth iron-distance race of the year, just one week after she placed fourth at Ironman Louisville. Additionally, this “double” followed just a few weeks after her first one, when she became the first professional woman to complete back-to-back iron-distance events. In that instance, she finished sixth at the Quelle Challenge Roth (Germany), and then followed this performance just a week later with a third-place finish at Ironman Lake Placid, after holding the overall lead of the race for over nine hours.

In 2010, after completing 8 ironmans during the season, Hillary took on a new challenge at the Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii. She finished second and recorded the fastest women’s Ultraman debut in history, while also finishing over an hour under the 21-year-old course record time. Hillary also owns the women’s swim course record with a time of 2 hours 20 minutes for 6.2 miles.

Having competed in the 2000 US Olympic Swimming Trials (200-meter breaststroke), Hillary is known for her swimming prowess, and often leads out Ironman swims. She was the also the women’s swim winner at the 2008 Hawaii Ironman World Championships.

Hillary competed as an age-group triathlete for four years before turning pro. During this time, she was teaching at the University of Southern California and working on a Ph.D. in American Literature. She put this degree on hold to try to turn her triathlon hobby into a livelihood and hasn’t looked back!

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