June 5, 2007


Show Low, AZ – Gabriela Hnilkova-Jenks, a professional duathlete and triathlete and middle school teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ran the fastest half-marathon of the field to place 4th at the Deuceman Half-Ironman Triathlon on June 2nd in Show Low, Arizona.  The race, held at an altitude of 5,600 to 6,500 feet, consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run.  Her total time of 5 hours, 22 minutes, and 51 seconds included splits of 39:39, 2:55:25, and 1:43:34, respectively. 

“I had low blood sugar at about mile 30 on the bike,” said Gabriela.  “I was eating like a pig during the first 10 to 15 kilometers of the run.  I stopped at every aid station and ate oranges.  That seemed to help and I was feeling much better at 15 kilometers.  That’s where I finally started picking up the pace.”

“Gabi had another strong effort under less than ideal conditions,” said Coach Jason Karp.  “Maintaininng blood glucose levels in a race this long is a challenge.  She’s been training hard, and continues to impress me with her ability to excel at altitudes that leaves others breathless.”

For complete results of the 2007 Deuceman Triathlon, go tohttp://www.doitsports.com/newresults3/client/171767_201331_2007.html.

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