DISCIPLINE: Xterra, ITU Triathlon
HOMETOWN: Boulder, CO & Stellenbosch, SA
Born and raised in Bermuda, Flora Duffy entered her first triathlon at the age of seven. Thirteen years later she found herself on the starting line of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, racing for Bermuda. Now Duffy can call three places home: Bermuda, Boulder, Colorado and Stellenbosch, South Africa. She moved to Boulder, CO in 2010 to enroll in school, where she began racing on the road, and entering many triathlon World Cups and World Championship events around the globe as she could. In 2014 she found her way to the sport of Xterra, racing a full season, ultimately winning the World Championships in Maui, HI.
She repeated her XTerra win in 2015, and along with going to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, won the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2016. In 2017 she repeated her ITU World Triathlon Series win, becoming the World Champion, once again.
STAGES POWER LR for SHIMANO DA R9100
YEARS ON STAGES: 4
FAVORITE POWER WORKOUTS: My favorite workout I like to do with power is a specific VO2 and threshold set. The workout is 90 seconds at VO2 watts straight into 3 minutes threshold, 3 minutes rest and repeat 6 times. Using Stages is so critical for this workout. My coach Neal will set me specific watts to ride for the VO2 and threshold parts of the workout. I really love having a power meter for this workout because I know I am doing the exact effort I should be, getting the most out of the workout.
Or another workout I really like is 6X3 mins at 300 watts. It is a big challenge for me to hold 300 watts for 3 minutes but if I can get through this workout then I know I am riding really well and can go into any race with confidence.
FAVORITE STAGES MOMENT: I love, love, love being able to see my power while in a race. It really helps me stay focused if I can see my watts and concentrate on riding at certain watts.
3 X Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016)
2017 ITU World Triathlon Series Champion
2016 ITU World Triathlon Series Champion
2015 Xterra World Champion
2015 US Xterra Series Champion
2014 Xterra World Champion
2014 US Xterra Series Champion
FAVORITE THING TO DO WHEN THE RACING IS DONE:
Traveling and eating! I love food. The best off season activity is visiting a new city and checking out all the foodie, coffee, and wine spots. My running shoes will usually come with me too- because I love exploring new places while running.
ARE YOU A WATTS GEEK?
I am not but my coach- Neal Henderson is! Through working with him, I have a new appreciation for watts and understanding the numbers I should be riding and when.
LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING AMAZING AT THREE SPORTS:
5AM Monday morning swim workouts.
ONE THING NOBODY KNOWS:
I play the violin!