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Spotlight on… Stacy Juckett Chesnutt

March 17, 2014

Stacy Juckett Chesnutt

is a Dartmouth resident competing in the EPIC Dartmouth for the third time. No stranger to long distance events, Stacy has been running for 26 years and has raced in 36 marathons and too many half-marathons to count. She has also qualified for and competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

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Name: Stacy Juckett Chesnutt
Age Group: 40-45
 Event/Distance: Relay Member (doing the swim leg)

 How long have you been involved in the triathlon world?

11 years

 When you started, what were your goals?

I came to triathlon as an injured runner. During the first season I wasn’t concerned with the length of the triathlon as much as completing a triathlon.  I did two sprints and an Olympic distance triathlon but started going long the very next year and kept at it.  I was so proud of myself!

Do you have any pre-race superstitions?

Before an Ironman race I always used to have one beer with dinner and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or frozen yogurt after dinner.  The superstition/rituals come when I find that I have had an unexpectedly good race so I’ll copy whatever I did leading into that race for most of the season but those seasonal superstitions don’t last.

How many hours per week do you train?

I have always been pretty light in my hours as I tend to get injured if I do too much.  I average from 11-17 hours a week depending on the season.

What do you love most about EPIC Dartmouth and why did you choose this race?

I love the bike course.  It’s beautiful and it’s challenging. Folks think it’s easy as there are no obvious hills but there are nice steady rollers and when you head back into the wind, it takes mental grit.

Words of wisdom (Any advice for your competitors or future triathletes?)

It’s not easy, so get your base training in. If you are trained then race day is just a celebration of all the hard work you’ve already done and it is one of the most beautiful celebrations you will ever see.  But, if you show up under-trained, this course is gonna kick your butt and your head will be down and you won’t enjoy all it offers. Start now!