About Donna: She came into triathlon as a competitive swimmer, having competed in Olympic Trials for Canada as a 50 meter freestyler. She turned pro in 2000 and goes by the nickname “Diesel.”
Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Current residence: Encinitas, Calif.
SRAM® products used: Complete SRAM RED groupset (crankset with TT chainrings, rear derailleur, front derailleur, 990 brake levers, cassette, chain).
Zipp® products used: For training, 101 wheels. For racing, Zipp 404 Firecrest® front Carbon Clincher, Zipp 808 Firecrest rear Carbon Clincher, Tangente™ High Performance Cork Brake Pad, Zipp Vuka R2C shifters.
Favorite SRAM product and why: 990 Brake Lever; I have a Trek Speed Concept with integrated brakes, and the 990s allow me to adjust the calipers without having to adjust the cable by hand.
Favorite Zipp product and why: My Firecrest Carbon Clinchers; I like to race the way I train, and it’s very comforting to know I can easily change a tube in the middle of a race, just as I do in training.
You’re stranded on a desert island and you have to choose one of each of the following:
One album? Rob Thomas
One candy? Chewing gum
One vice? Cereal
Notable Race Results:
4th place, 2011 Ironman Louisville
4th place, 2010 Ironman UK
4th place, 2009 Ironman Malaysia
2nd place, 2008 Ironman China