Coming off one of her personal best years in 2011, Amy Regan has had something of a disappointing 2012 so far.
Regan, one of the top multi-sport athletes in Los Alamos County, is making her final preparations to defend her championship at the Los Alamos Triathlon. The triathlon is scheduled for Saturday.
The triathlon, now in its 38th year, is one of the longest-running multi-sport events in the country. Although it’s a smaller triathlon, it often attracts some top talent from around the southwest, and even some top international talent, as it did last year.
But Regan, who is a well-respected triathlete and, despite a rough year for her, is still on the very short list of favorites in the women’s competition.
This year, Regan didn’t qualify for the Ironman World Championships, which is held in Kona, Hawaii, in October. She was hoping to qualify earlier this summer at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s Ironman race, but finished seventh in her age division.
“I really needed to place in the top one or two,” she said, noting that she’s now 49 years old, which places her at the end of her age division, making qualification more difficult.