Amanda Rinderer

Height: 5ft 7in

December weight: 135lbs … Hey, I like to eat!

Racing weight: 126-128lbs

Birthdate: May 23, 1981.

Hobbies and interests: “Triathlon, cycling, traveling, and eating. I have an extremely long bucket list of places I’d love to go and experience. I’m all about living in the NOW because the future is not promised to us.”

Favorite movie: “I love movies! Dramas, comedies, romance are my faves.”

Musical taste: “Whatever is on the radio.”

Favorite TV show:Game of Thrones, Everyone Loves Raymond, Homeland, Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Favorite meal: “Oh boy! I love so many kinds of food that’s hard to answer. I love many Mexican dishes but also love some good Japanese and sushi. And who doesn’t love Italian?”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “All that sugar has turned me off so I rarely eat it. I save my sugar for things I really love, like chocolate, icecream, or a good dessert.”

Favorite Pre-Race meal: “A bagel with peanut butter and a banana. If it’s a running only event, then most likely a protein shake.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “I usually order one of two sundaes….. 1. Vanilla with peanut butter sauce and hot fudge, or 2. Rocky road with strawberries and hot fudge”

Childhood Dream: “To be an astronaut!”

First Car: “A pristine, garage kept , white 1991 Nissan 240SX that was given to me by my grandmother. Who’s grandma drives that?! Mine did! Awesome first car!”

First job: “Claire’s in the mall. At 16 I was an “ear piercing specialist” – that always cracked me up. Good thing I’m pretty meticulous.”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “Great Exuma in the Out Islands of the Bahamas, the REAL Bahamas. Look it up! Simply amazing!”

Pre-race Feeling: “I don’t typically get that nervous. I am, however, crazy about the weather and conditions for the day and will constantly be checking the Weather Channel. I always want near perfect conditions! Just call me Goldilocks.”

Early Racing Memory: “The first tri I ever did was the Jersey Girl, an all womens sprint tri in Long Branch, NJ. During the run, I remember thinking to myself that I LOVED it and couldn’t wait to do it again. But next time, I would trainer harder and see what I was capable of. I also loved that my husband, sister-in-law, and both of my husbands parents raced triathlons too. They are the reason I got started in this awesome lifestyle.”

Funny Racing Memory: “Racing is no laughing matter =).”

Greatest Racing Moment: “In 2012, the whole first season that I was a regular on the podium for my age group! It was only sprint triathlons at the time, but the excitement was so new.”

Most Painful Moment in Life: “I am extremely lucky and have not experienced any real or unexpected loss. I am so grateful for that but also terrified of what could happened to one of my children, my husband, or a loved one.”

Worst Injury from Racing: “That would be my blistered up feet from last season. It was a complete nightmare causing me months of anguish. I tried numerous different sneakers (brands, models, sizes), socks, ointments, you name it. Doesn’t sound like much but I assure you it was gruesome and probably like nothing you’ve seen. I would have to drain these large blood blisters after every long or hard run, and then wait for them to heal enough to run again. So far, so good this season… Thank you Hoka One Cliftons!”

Closest Racing Friends: “My husband and sister in law Mindy. I am definitely in need of friends that ride.”

Funniest Racer: “My father in law… that man takes over transition like no other. He has even been known to bring a spackle bucket to sit on.”

Favorite Race: “Rev3 Maine.”

Embarassing Racing Memory: “An unexpected sharp turn into T2 left me meeting the pavement.”

Toughest Competitors: “Anyone in my age group or category. You never know who is going to have an exceptionally good or bad day racing.”

Favorite Athletes to Watch: “Heather Wurtele, Miranda Carfrae, Gina Crawford.”

Qualities You Admire Most in People: “Common sense, humor, punctuality, sense of adventure, and people who are genuinely good hearted.”

What you love most about riding your bicycle: “Fun, freedom, and fitness all at the same time. I love being out on beautiful open roads and am just starting to venture out to the trail.”