Christen is a first year pro living in Boulder, CO. She is new to the sport of triathlon after turning pro following her first year competing in the sport, but has a long history of endurance sports in her background.
Christen started as a swimmer in elementary school and excelled through high school. She considered walking onto a swim team in college but when she was presented with a scholarship to row at Michigan State University she took it. She had never rowed before but immediately adapted to the sport. As a novice, she earned a seat in Michigan State's top 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 Quad for the 2007 Word Championships. In 2008 she suffered a back injury which ultimately lead to her decision to retire from the sport after missing a spot in the 2008 Olympics.
After taking several years away from competitive sport, Christen began to dabble in running races. As she increased her training her love for endurance sports was reignited. She had long considered getting into triathlons and finally decided to take the plunge by buying her first road bike the fall of 2013. Never one to do something half-heartedly, she found a coach living in Boulder, Colorado and moved out in June of 2014 with the intentions 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 in her first Ironman 70.3 in Austin, Texas and came in 2nd overall amateur!
Christen claimed her professional license in 2016 and is now training with Michael Lovato. She primarily is focusing on the 70.3 distance but might tackle an Ironman in the near future.