Christen is new to triathlon competition but she has a long history of endurance sports in her background. She turned pro following her first year competing in the sport. Currently she lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado.
Christen began as a swimmer in elementary school and excelled through high school. Initially she considered walking onto a swim team in college but instead was presented with a scholarship to row at Michigan State University. She had never rowed before but immediately adapted to the sport. As a freshman novice she earned a seat in Michigan State's top varsity boat and by the end of her sophomore year was invited to train with the US National Rowing team. She continued to advance within the sport and in 2006 she was named alternate for the World Championship team. Additionally, the following year she earned a seat in the women's quadruple scull for the 2007 World Championships in Munich, Germany. In 2008 she suffered a back injury which ultimately led to her decision to retire from the sport after missing a spot in the 2008 Olympics.
After being away from competitive sports for several years, Christen began to dabble in running Marathons. As she increased her training her love for endurance sports was reignited. She considered getting into triathlons for a long time and finally decided to take the plunge when she bought her first road bike in the fall of 2013. Never one to do something half-heartedly, she found a coach living in Boulder, Colorado and moved there in June of 2014 with the intention of becoming a professional in the sport. That July she competed in her first triathlon ever, TriRock Denver, and won overall female! Then in October of the same year, she entered her first Ironman 70.3 in Austin, Texas and came in as the 2nd overall amateur!
Christen claimed her professional license in 2016 and is now training with Michael Lovato. She is primarily focusing on the 70.3 distance but is looking forward to tackling an Ironman in the near future.