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Haley Cooper-Scott

GU Athlete

Nickname Coops/Coopie/Cooperlos
Birthdate August 19, 1980
Birth City Fairfield, CA
Current City Spokane, WA
Website www.haleycooper.blogspot.com
Sport Triathlon
Doing sport since age? 25
Proudest athletic accomplishment of 2011? 3rd place finishes Ironman Coeur d’Alene and Lake Stevens 70.3
Most memorable moment participating in your sport? There are so many great memories that it’s hard to peg down one. My favorite race ever was my first trip to Wildflower – a 17 hour car trip each way with 3 hilarious guys, an epic campsite, a reunion with my college roommate and a fantastic race.
Plans and goals for 2012? To keep getting faster at swimming, biking, and running. Exciting, eh?
What’s your go-to GU product? Vanilla bean GU gel. When I can’t stomach anything else, I can still get my “pudding” down.
How do you use it? Every 20 minutes during an Ironman or Ironman 70.3. Every 45 minutes in training.
What characteristics do you most respect in your competitors? I don’t know if many people understand how awesome my competitors are. Every race I compete in is a reunion with many wonderful, generous, and spirited women. I feel fortunate to be in a sport with so many fantastic personalities.
What drives you to swim/bike/run? Basically, I like doing all three sports very much. And I really like racing. And I REALLY like eating pizza after a race.
What do you enjoy most about your sport? My friends. They’re all triathletes.
Favorite city you’ve raced in? Immenstadt, Germany.
Do you have any words of advice, or tips and tricks for aspiring triathletes? Don’t get caught up in the technology hype when you’re new to the sport. Before you delve into power, heart rates, and Garmin files, just go to a race, do your best, and revel in your personal victory. This is supposed to be a fun pursuit, after all.
Three things people don’t know about you? I spend 6-8 hours a day in class earning my DPT degree and just about all my other available hours training. My life does not have a lot of variety at the moment, I am obsessed with foraging for fruits and vegetables. In autumn, when apples, pears, and plums are abundant, I actually return from 100+ mile bike rides with more food in my jersey pockets than I set out with, I am a wildlife geek and I always have been. I might switch my focus from triathlon to competitive birdwatching when I’m 80. I hope to be running until then.
Top 5 hobbies when you’re not swim/bike/running? Gardening, tending to my mini menagerie (cats, chameleons, and chickens), cooking, hiking, and watching world cup biathlon races with my husband. We are geeks for the IBU circuit.
What personal causes are you involved in? The Muscular Dystrophy Association. I started volunteering at their summer camps when I was 16 and have had the opportunity to reconnect with the community through my physical therapy studies. I am also an active member of Slow Food USA, which I suppose is ironic given that GU is all about “fast” food. Did I mention that I also attend Hypocrites Anonymous meetings . . .

Haley Cooper-Scott