Featured Athletes for July 2021: Michelle Kitze

July's Featured Athlete is kind of like the Tom Brady of the local running and triathlete scene. Just as Tom Brady has had an incredible career, so has our July featured athlete. And, just as a very sctructure training plan and disciplined diet has allowed Tom Brady to enjoy success into his 40s, our featured athlete has used a structured training plan and great nutrition plan to continue to "kick it" into her mid 50s. Our featured athlete for July is Michelle Kitze of Kettering.

Unlike Brady who will be in the NFL Hall of Fame someday, Michelle Kitze is already in the Dayton Distance Hall of Fame. She was inducted in 2005. Click HERE to Michelle's Hall of Fame profile.

When asked about the biggest accomplishment in her racing career, Michelle said the Ironman World Championship is definitely one of her all-time greatest achievements just because of the iconic nature of that race. Another of her greatest successes was Ironman Wisconsin in 2002. She had got kicked during the swim, and was suffering from a scratched cornea. Despite blurred vision and an intense headache, Michelle toughed through a 10:30 and 5th Place Pro finish to win $1000.

More recently, about 4 years ago, Michelle had a ganglion cyst on her foot. She is thankful that she is still racing today, because when doctors were talking about how to deal with the cyst, amputation was even a consideration. She considers herself so fortunate to have gotten through that and she continues to race today. The pictures above are from events that Michelle raced this year. The bike picture is from the monthly Blue Streak bike time trial where Michelle is always one of the top female racers. The running picture is from the April Fool's Day 5k in Miamisburg where Michelle finished as the top female.

Michelle is a dietition and teaches Masters UD students at Miami Valley Hospital. She loves motivating others, practicing what she preaches and meeting so many people through running and racing. On the horizon for Michelle is the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Utah. While she is training for that big time, she is using a a lot of local races to race her way into shape for the 70.3 mile triathlon.

Michelle, we are wishing you well in Utah and thank you for sharing your story...