With three kids (ages 5, 8 and 9) and a full-time job as an enrollment analyst at the University of Vermont, Jessie Donavan isn’t your typical Ironman champion. She never swam growing up, never owned a bike and didn’t run cross-country or track. In her first triathlon, she swam breaststroke, was last out of the water and rode a mountain bike. But given her background as a competitive Nordic skier, she always believed in herself as an athlete. Turns out she was right: Under the guidance of QT2 Systems coach Jesse Kropelnicki, she finished in 9:24 in her first-ever Ironman (Arizona, 2011), and she’s been on fire ever since, placing second at Ironman St. George and winning both Ironman Lake Placid and Mont-Tremblant this year. She has her sights set on Kona 2013.