Elise Winter

13177153_1113816198640320_1288425139152234667_nElise grew up in San Diego and loved all sports as a child. By her teenage years, she mostly focused on competitive club volleyball and hunter/jumper equestrian. She split most her weekends between volleyball tournaments and horse shows. This passion landed Elise opportunities for NCAA Division I volleyball teams, even a full ride  to an out-of-state college. A California girl at heart, Elise declined the scholarship and chose Cal Poly,  San Luis Obispo where she played volleyball and studied Graphic Communications. She worked her  way onto the starting lineup as a sophomore. Unfortunately she suffered a torn ACL at the end of the  season. One reconstruction, a year of rehab, and a redshirt junior year later, Elise blew out her knee again and decided to call it quits on her competitive volleyball career.

After another clean-up knee surgery, Elise took to the pool for rehab. It was there that she  developed a taste for lap swimming and focused her competitive spirit on triathlon. She entered Wildflower mountain bike triathlon where she placed 2nd in her age group. She entered a few more  triathlons before taking a 14-year hiatus to focus on her career and eventually starting a family.

In 2013, after developing a love for open water swimming, she picked up triathlon again. Success followed and she had top podium finishes in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2016 Elise placed top 10 in her AG at the ITU Age Group World Championships in Cozumel. 2017 will be Elise’s 3rd season racing for Team Freeplay. She is looking forward to returning to USAT AG Nationals next season.


Quick Facts

  • Resides in Penryn California with husband Greg, their 2 kids: Zachary (11) & Cailyn (7), her horse, her dog and lots of chickens
  • Full-time mom
  • Part-time freelance graphic designer
  • Founder and designer of Small Things Design
  • Plays banjo (yes, she’s seen the movie)
  • Ruptured (and surgically repaired) her right achilles in spring of 2010
  • Doesn’t have an ACL in her left knee
  • Former NCAA Division 1 volleyball player
  • 2014, 2015 & 2016 USAT Age Group All-American

2017 Schedule

January 14 – Inside Trail Pacifica Foothills Half Marathon
February 25 – Salmon Falls 5ok
April 15 – TBF Racing Icebreaker Triathlon
May 21 – Auburn Triathlon
June 11  – TBF Racing Tri for Real
August 12 – USAT AG Nationals

2016 Results

SacTown 5k; 1st AG; 3rd OA
TBF Icebreaker; 1st AG; 2nd OA
Auburn Olympic; 1st AG; 1st OA
Lake Tahoe Triathlon; 2nd OA
ITU AG World Championships; 9th AG
  MandaRun Half Marathon; 2nd OA

Other Race Highlights

Super Sunday 10K: 1st AG/7 Overall, sub-40min
TBF Icebreaker Triathlon: 1st Overall
Wildflower Olympic Distance: 2nd AG/9th Overall
Auburn Triathlon/Southwest Regional Championship: 1st Overall
TBF Tri for Real Triathlon #1: 1st AG/2nd Overall, PR
Olympic-Distance National Championships: 15th AG, World Championships Qualifier