OCCUPATION: Registered nurse, Select Specialty Hospital
EXPERIENCE: Lippe had no designs on competing in triathlons. But she found inspiration from her 69-year-old mother, who competes in sprint triathlons. And she found inspiration from another source: Lauren, her 13-year-old special-needs daughter.
“I had to do something to get stronger to carry her,” said Lippe, who is married and also has a 7-year-old son, Adam, who’s involved in triathlons.
Lippe’s brother, U.S. Navy Captain Steve Swift, competed in the first Ironman 70.3 Augusta. She decided to enter the Augusta event in 2011, and Swift helped her with a training game plan.
“Exhilirating,” she said of completing her first Ironman event. “It’s a major accomplishment. It’s something you work hard for. You finish strong and you’re happy.”
GAME PLAN: Lippe started training for this year’s event in May, though she remained active beforehand. In February, she completed her second Augusta Half-Marathon. At the end of August, she competed in the Langley Pond International triathlon.
As for the intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta, Lippe said her “dream goal” is to finish under or at six hours.
“I want to race smart,” she said. “The swim is the swim. I don’t want to push it too hard on the bike so I’ll have some left for the run.”