Petra grew up in Germany and moved to Madison in 2000! Starting in 2006 she got into racing triathlons, starting with the sprint and olympic distance and finally Ironman 70.3 and Ironman distance triathlon racing. She completed more than 10 70.3’s, including the World Championship, Clearwater, Florida in 2009 and 6 IRONMAN distance triathlons. Starting in 2014, after completing her last Ironman distance triathlon in Austria, Petra started to compete in open marathons, (and plenty half marathon races), including the Boston marathon in 2017 and 2018 as well as competing in Open Water ultra swim races and cycling events. She has completed LA VUELTA in PUERTO RICO bike event 9 times. Her next races will be the Kilimanjaro marathon in East Africa, Tanzania in March 2018, Boston Marathon in April and the Chicago marathon this October.
When Petra is not running, cycling, swimming or racing, she loves to spend time with friends and family and mostly her son Nicholas (14) who is a passionate soccer player! She loves cooking, hiking and most of all traveling the world. Petra is an ambassador for the Red Sweater Project in Tanzania East Africa, and is also passionate about aviation and is a student private pilot.
Petra currently coaches a pool of runners and triathletes realizing their dreams from competing to qualifying for Ironman World Championships or the Boston marathon. She owned Speed Cycling LLC in Fitchburg; starting out in November of 2010 until the late summer of 2017 which served as a indoor cycling training facility for the Madison cycling and triathlon community. She managed and facilitated multiple triathlon camps and outdoor training sessions over the years.
Now, Petra coaches under the name of “Speed Cycling Online” and keeps inspiring others to reach for their athletic dreams and goals. Presently, she is an ambassador for Madison’s Clean Lake Alliance “Shoreline” Open Water Swim race on July 28th, 2018, and for the inaugural “Arbor Ridge” trail race on August 4th, 2018 in Janesville.
Most of all, Petra is excited and working with the Marketing team to build the “Madison Mini Marathon & 5k” races even bigger for race day, August 18th, 2018 and is very excited to make it the best race yet, celebrating its 10th year.
3x Grandma’s marathon, Duluth, MN (June 2013, June 2015 & June 2016)
Revel Canyon, California marathon (2015)
Philadelphia marathon (November 2016)
Boston marathon (2x: April 2017, April 2018)
Kilimanjaro marathon (March 2018)
Chicago marathon (October 2018)
Not listed are half marathons!
Some (half & full distance) Ironman races:
Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin 2007
Half Ironman Door County 2006, 2007
Ironman 70.3, St. Croix, USVI 2009
Ironman Wisconsin, Madison 2008
Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden, Germany 2009
Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Clearwater, Florida 2009
Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, LO 2013
Ironman 70.3 Galviston, TX 2012
Ironman Germany, Regensburg 2010
Challenge Roth, Bavaria 2011
Ironman Florida 2012
Ironman European Championships, Frankfurt 2013
Ironman Austria 2014
Open Water Swim Races & Challenges:
Golden Gate Bridge Open Water Challenge, San Fransisco, 1.2 miles (2016)
Big Shoulders, Chicago, 5k race (2017)
Madison Crossing Lake Mendota, 10k swim (2010)
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, St. Fransisco (2012)