Ann Ciaverella - Professional Triathlete 2011
Ann became interested in triathlon in 2004, watching her husband Dave compete in his first ironman Hawaii competition. She was inspired by the best single day race in the world and decided to begin triathlon training that fall, with hopes to enter an ironman, and extreme goal to qualify for Hawaii. Ann, being a 15 year smoker had quit smoking 4 years earlier and began jogging for exercise in 2003. Her first ever 5k running race took place on St Patrick's day in 2003. Dave begain coaching Ann primarily in running, as Dave was a life long runner and running coach, but had only just began his ironman training in 2004. Ann thus sought out swim lessons, and despite her inability to swim a single link in the pool, learned how to swim that fall and winter of 2004. She joined the Ironheads Multisport Racing Team in Portland in order to gain insight and workouts in cycling. In 2005, a former smoker and now 30 pounds leaner, and in her first season as a triathlete, qualified for Ironman Hawaii with a marathon split of 3:36 at Ironman Florida. Ann would go on to break 3:30 with a 3:28 at Ironman Hawaii in 2006. Her success continued to improve with numerous age group division wins, and posted a 10:15 at ironman Quelle Challenge in Roth Germany in 2007, F35 Champion, 12th Overall Female, and another sub 3:30 marathon split. After this event, Ann was highly motivated to make an attempt to break 10 hours in the ironman distance, and hired coach Olaf Sabatschus. Two months after Quelle Challenge, she became National USAT Champion in F35 and 4th overall Amateur female at National's.
Ann would go on in December of 2007 to race to a 9:52 at Ironman Western Australia, placing 11th overall female, 2nd female amateur, and winning the F35 division by over 40 minutes, breaking the divisional course record. That following spring in 2008, being in the highest fitness of her short career, she suffered a debilitating injury with a bike accident, 4 days before she would have raced Ironman Arizona.
With vigorous rehabilitation, Ann bounced back, and later that summer, became a USA gold medallist at ITU Long Course World Championships in Almere Netherlands, and gained top honors as the overall Female Amateur and her second course record. She would go on to race her second Ironman Hawaii 6 weeks later, and narrowly miss the podium with a 6th place F35 finish in a tiring race so soon after her 7 hour ITU race. The follow year Ann suffered two stress fractures and virtually the entire year was taken off to rehabilitate.
In 2010, in a come back year at age 40, Ann raced to a personal best 9:48 at Ironman Brazil, with her PR marathon of 3:19 which was the top female run of the day. She would not only finish top female amateur and gain her 4th course record, but finished 6th overall in a field of strong pro women. Subsequently, Ann decided to take a pro card, becoming a professional triathlete, primarily to challenge herself by racing in a field of much younger women, with hopes to further improve. Her decision to coach triathlete's was made due to the overwhelming requests in her local city of Portland, and in the past 2 seasons, has coached nearly all of her athlete's to lifetime personal bests from Olympic distance to Ironman.
Hawaii Ironman World Championship Finishes
2006 -F35 11th
2008 - F35 6th
2010 - F40 10th
Personal Best – 9:48 (2010 IM Brazil)
2007-IMWA F35 Champion, Overall 11th Female, F35 Course Record
2007-Quelle Challenge, IM Roth Germany, F35 Champion, Overall 12th Female
2009 - Injury
2010 - IM Brazil F40 Champion, Overall 6th Female including pro-field, Female Amateur Course Record.
2010 - IM Arizona F40 Champion and 2nd overall female Amateur, 14th Overall Female (6 weeks following Kona)
Ironman/Half Ironman/70.3 Finishes
Personal Best – 9:48 IM, 4:42 70.3
Top 5 Female Overall Finishes – 8, overall Top Amateur 2007 ITU World Champs and 2010 IM Brazil
Ironman AG Wins - 4
70.3 AG Wins - 4
AG Podium Finishes –11
2010 - New Orleans and Lake Stevens 70.3 F40 ,Champion and F40 Course Record New Orleans
USAT Halfmax National Champion – 2007
F35 Champion, 4th Female Overall
ITU Long Course World Championship GOLD Medalist and top Female Amateur - 2008
F35 Champion, USA Gold Medalist and Overall 1st Amateur
TriNorthwest Overall Female Triathlete of the year - 2008
TriNorthwest Sprint Female Triathete of the year - 2008
TriNorthwest Long Course Female Triathlete of the year - 2008
USAT Female Amateur Athlete of the Year - 2010