Caitlin Glenn – Alumnus in the News


Caitlin Glenn graduated from DAHS in 2007. After high school she attended Youngstown State University. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and minored in Biology. Ms. Glenn continued her studies and obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2014. She currently works full time for a private practice clinic in Canfield, Ohio. The Center for Physical Health specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of endurance athletes.

When Caitlin was growing up she was very competitive and active. After she graduated high school she no longer played basketball and she became bored of being inactive. An YSU newsletter was slipped under her door in college and it featured a student who was competing in his first Ironman. Caitlin read that the competition included a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run; this seemed like an impossible feat since she had zero experience in swimming, biking or running at the time. However, she decided that she would figure out a way to compete in one of these triathlons.

Ms. Glenn’s training includes daily and weekly workouts. Every Monday consist of swimming. This is a recovery swim to flush out the fatigue from the weekend. She normally swims 3,000 yards or an hour of duration. Tuesday is a bike and run day along with strength training. Total duration is 3 hours. Wednesday is a long swim day. If she is on her last build for Ironman, she will also run and bike at night. Total duration is 1-2.5 hours. Thursday is a bike and run day. She works on her tempo during this day. Total duration is 2.5 hours. Friday is the same training as Wednesday. Saturday is a long bike ride and a run. She bikes between 3-6.5 hours and she runs about 40-60 minutes. Sunday is speed work on the bike and a run. The duration hours are normally between 3-5.5 hours.

Caitlin follows the Paleo diet for athletes. She never allows herself to get hungry. Caitlin says she eats a lot because her training volume is so high. The way she fuels her body has to do with proper timing and intake of carbs, proteins and fats. When she is training she eats a lot of sport products including power bars, gels and Gatorade. Caitlin’s goal is to match calories in to calories out to avoid improper weight loss.

Ms. Glenn’s favorite distance is known as the Ironman Triathlon. This consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Prior to 2009, she had no experience swimming, biking, or running. She taught herself how to swim and got a cheap bike and competed in her first triathlon in 2009. In 2011, she began to compete in long course triathlon with her first half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) and Ironman.  Her best accomplishment was becoming the 2015 Female 25-29 North American Champion by winning her age group at the Ironman in Texas this past May.

Caitlin’s future plans are to continue to complete in her age group triathlete with the intentions of pursing elite status in the future. Achieving the goal of racing as a professional triathlete would be her true success. Congratulations Caitlin and good luck in your future endeavors.