Name: Lisa Leonard
Age: 27 (racing age 28)
Lives: Las Vegas
From: Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Sports: Triathlon, Xterra, Mountain Biking, Cycling, Snowboarding, Paddle Boarding
Occupation: Physical Therapist
- Successful Pro XTERRA athlete, Triathlete and MTB’er
- Pro Podium finish in XTERRA 2016
- Become a RedBull Athlete
I graduated from the Robert Gordon University in 2011 with a 2:1 Honours degree in Physiotherapy. After running a successful physiotherapy practice in Aberdeen for 8 months, whilst studying hard to complete exams and University courses to transfer stateside, I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to work as a Physical Therapist in a Rehabilitation Hospital. In September 2014 I joined the D1 Sports Medicine Team, running their Las Vegas PT clinic in Summerlin, where I work with top sports orthopaedic surgeons. In September 2015 I made the decision to work part time and train full time, but also develop my skills as a Sports PT under the guidance of Ron Gallagher and began working at Maximum Velocity, specialising in Education and Performance.
I began Triathlon in 2009 when I qualified for the age-group Great Britain team. I competed for GB Age Group from 2009-2011 in wonderful locations all over the world. After moving to the States I began working towards the half ironman distance and working towards achieving professional athletic status. I have now completed in a handful of 70.3 Ironman events and my first Ironman this year in Whistler, Canada.
Just under one year ago I started Mountain Biking and have now raced and won a few MTB events and Xterra Triathlon races. After placing 4th amateur overall at Xterra National Championships with little to no guidance in the sport of Xterra I felt like I had found my niche and passion – trails! Under the coaching of Lesley Paterson – 3-time Xterra World Champion and fellow Scot – I will finish out this season and then begin next season as a professional XTERRA athlete and compete in the Pro US circuit.
I spend the winter trail running, riding and snowboarding. I love the adventure and challenge that these different sports bring.
I also love music. I have a few original songs and covers recorded on a separate page, which I would like to share.
My goal is to become a Redbull athlete and take this sport as far as i can, pushing limits and boundaries
Great blog Lisa! Didn’t realise you were off to the States – sounds like an amazing opportunity. Hope you get better soon,
well done with your degree and you look great on your graduation photos! Great opportunity in america sounds great, im sure you will pass all the exams and stuff. good luck with getting china sorted and have an amazing race. Get well soon and hopefully see you at a race somewhere before your off on your adventures
Thanks! Will hopefully be not too ‘big brother’-ish and be more informative 🙂
Thanks Jen, have really missed seeing you this season – it’s not the same without you! Hopefully you’re getting back to race fitness and recovering well. If I don’t manage to see you before I go will have to arrange a training camp in Vegas!!
Enjoy the blogs xx
I LOVE this! lol should so pass this on to my grandmother! getting asked about the ‘girl with the medal round her neck from graduation’ every other day!!
get well hun oh and accept me on FB! haha xx
Oh hiyas blog!! LOVE it! hopefully see u sooooon … u need to tell me all about rgu membership etc love you, BYE BLOG xxxxx
okay I just figured out how to do it properly.. xx
or did i?? this blogging confuses me!