Windy Marks - Mtn Biker, Adv Racer & Triathlete
Windy entered her first 5K at age 8 enticed by the trophies. The plan was to watch/cheer on her dad, but she saw the trophies and wanted one. Thus she begged her parents to let her run the race. They did and Windy finished 2nd in her division (out of 2) and received the trophy she wanted. She was hooked.
Growing up, Windy ran cross country and track for her high school and college teams. She started to get burned out and wanted something different so she tried triathlons. She was competitive in triathlons for a few years and then found the sport of adventure racing in which she met and then raced with her future husband, David Marks.
Upon moving to Phoenix to be with Dave she joined the Racelab group and continued competing in adventure races. Once those races started dwindling, she once again went back to triathlons with the support and guideance of Racelab. During this time she won the Red Rock Urban Dirt Triathlon four times and was the 3rd Arizona woman at the 2008 Arizona Ironman. Missing racing together, Dave and Windy ended up purchasing a mountain bike tandem in 2011.. Once Windy got over some of her fear on the tandem they started enjoying racing, and winning, together again!
Recent / Notable races include:
1st Two Person Coed Team – 12 Hours of Papago - 2014
1st Two Person Coed Team – Adventure Xstream Adventure Race, Moab - 2013
1st Women – Urban Dirt Triathlon (2012 and a few other years)
1st Tandem – Fire Road Cycling (2011, 2012)
2nd Tandem – Sea Otter Classic 2012
2nd Tandem – Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race 2011
2005 USARA Advenure Race, Florida
- It's a fun race in and out of swamps and rivers. There's an individual time trial thrown in around midnight And it's close to my parent's house in Florida.
Something adventurous, yet fun with amazing scenery and cool animals to see along the way.
PROUDEST ATHLETIC MOMENT
Training for and winning the 2010 Solo Geared Women's division at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo
WORDS TO LIVE BY:
Pain is weakness leaving the body
It - Steven King