Liv: What did it feel like to win a second gold medal in Tokyo? Did this win feel different than your first gold in Rio?
Allysa: The paths to these two gold medals were so different that the feelings of winning will never be the same. My first gold wasn’t easy, but I had—for me— a relatively successful lead up into the games with no major injuries or illness to combat. I was undefeated for over a year going into the race and was confident in my training and preparation. I knew if I did my best I would be hard to beat. I was calm, I was confident and I was ready. The path to this medal was entirely different. I have had a really hard eighteen months littered with surgeries, severe illness and injury. I hadn’t raced in two years. Although I found my confidence and my calm the week before the race, I had no idea how the race would shake out. Running down the finish line and grabbing the banner I was filled with disbelief, gratitude and the little voice in my head was saying, “WE did it.”
Liv: With this goal accomplished, what’s next?
Allysa: The dream lives on from here. Short term: I want to break a few world records on the track I have been aiming toward for the past few years and I want to take a bit of time to have some fun: meet my new niece, go on my first bikepacking trip with an amazing group of women, go skiing, and maybe a vacation before turning my focus to Paris. With just three years until the next chance to chase gold my focus will turn pretty quickly to how I can continue to set the bar in paratriathlon and defend my now two golds.
Liv: Beyond your sport, what else are you passionate about?
Allysa: I am passionate about advocating for closing the gender bias in healthcare, inspiring children and women with complex medical conditions to chase their dreams whatever they may be, and sustainability in sport.
Liv: What message do you hope people take away from your story?
Allysa: Our biggest dreams are discovered through hard work, support from an amazing team, and never quitting on ourselves.