Amy Henderson was first introduced to triathlon as a master spectator at her mother’s local races in Wisconsin. She podiumed in her first triathlon in the highly competitive 9&10 year old girls division and continued to participate in sprint triathlons with her mom between seasons of track and cross country in middle school and high school. Amy spent the majority of college casually running and watching her older brother Ted race marathons and Ironmans, always thinking that she would never be able to do either one. In her final year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Amy found the triathlon team and was reminded of the awesomeness of the team-training environment she had experienced as a kid. Although she did not end up competing with the team due to injury, the spark was ignited.
After graduating in 2013, Amy started a psychology research position at Stanford University studying the impact of mindset on student success in higher education. She also jumped in to training more seriously with the Stanford Triathlon Team, where she benefited from driven teammates and knowledgeable coaches. After a couple of years competing in local triathlons, she made the jump to longer-distance racing beginning with her first marathon in 2014. Ready for the next challenge after qualifying for Boston, Amy registered for Ironman Wisconsin where she won her age group to qualify for the 2016 Ironman World Championships in Kona. In 2018, Amy continued her victory streak by winning her age group at IM Santa Rosa (4th overall woman), punching her ticket to Kona, where she finished 10th, earning her pro card.
Amy loves training for longer distance races because it means more time to adventure on the bike and trails. She moved to Portland in 2017 and quickly found a group of like-minded, embrace-the-suck triathletes training with the Portland Triathlon Club and the BATWomen under coach Shawn Bostad. She continues to work remotely for Stanford and is learning to train through the Portland winter for early season Ironman Santa Rosa.
When not training Amy enjoys listening to podcasts while cooking nutritious meals that are soon negated by the large consumption of ice cream and donuts.