American Alissa Doehla is an IRONMAN 70.3 distance specialist and an award-winning triathlete - she was the 2017 United States of America Triathlon Elite Women’s Rookie of the Year.
Alissa took to the sport instantly when she turned professional in 2017, achieving four consecutive top-three finishes on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit before becoming the victim of a hit-and-run cycling accident early in 2018, which sadly curtailed her season. Three more podiums followed in 2019 as she made a successful comeback from the horrific incident.
The majority of Alissa’s professional sporting career has been as a runner, representing Team USA on two occasions - both in 2011 - as she took a bronze medal with the US World Cross Country Championships team before achieving the same feat with the US World Marathon team.
Doehla made the switch to triathlon after running had lost some of its lustre following a tough few years of injury and personal hardship. She wanted to try triathlon as a new means of competition and exercise while she figured out the next steps in her life, but in the process fell in love with the sport.
In January 2016 Alissa participated in her first triathlon and quickly gained elite status after claiming the overall title at the 2016 USA Triathlon Olympic Distance age group National Championships in Omaha.
She lives and trains in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana with her husband Kyle and their two dogs: Frankie the Great Dane and Zipp van Wrinkle the English Bulldog - she simply can’t live without them.
Alissa’s most embarrassing moment was at the Boston Marathon – coincidentally still her favourite event - describing the situation as an ‘unfortunate bathroom experience’.
The best advice she has ever been given is “don't let your highs be too high and your lows be too low”.