Aria Veneklasen

Chicago , Illinois

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Post-Race DrinkBeer

I am 39 and live in Chicago IL I’m originally from MI and moved here right out of college to make it in the big city. I was always a runner and loved biking but got in to triathlon in 2014. My friend was training for one and I thought wow I’d love to do one. I started swimming down at Ohio street beach not really swimming much before. Ever since my first race I’ve been hooked. I love the community and the friends that I have met through it. I love that there is always room to grow and improve. I did my first 70.3 in 2017 in AZ. And then I got a new Job with Beam Suntory in late 2017 so only did some shorter distance races in 2018. In 2019 I had a solid season but then got Achilles tendinitis a month before traverse city. I was patient and worked through it and ended up having an awesome race. I’m excited for 2020 and want it to be my best season yet.