I’m a business owner, and online marketer, and former engineer in Salt Lake City, Utah. After 10 years of spending most of my free time behind a desk, I realized I needed a change to a more healthy and active way of living. Triathlon’s been a big part of that.
I love the challenge, the competition and friendly camaraderie that I find in training and racing tri. It combines three unique sports — each one difficult to master.
Running, something that is an elemental human activity. We evolved to run, you don’t need anything but a desire to do it, but it’s not easy to do it well.
Swimming, almost more like a dance. Being blown away in masters class by a 60 year old woman with a perfect feel for the water is a special experience.
And biking, the thrill of speed and the interplay of power and aerodynamics. And for a materials engineer the gear is awesome.
I’ve been doing tri for 4 years now, and have just barely reached the point of doing reasonably well at the local races. My swim now looks pretty good, as long as you don’t reference a clock. And my stride no longer looks like a shuffling duck.
2010 was my most active year yet. Eight triathlons overall, did my first Ironman (St. George), and qualified and went to the Long Course Nationals where I missed a Team USA age group spot by about 8 minutes.