City/State Madison, WI
Sport(s) Professional Triathlete
I am a part of the Cobb Mobb and Team Trisports teams, although as triathlete in general I am not formally attached to specific team in regards to my actual race performance.
I have always been an athlete. I played a ton of team sports as a kid and was very active in general. As far as triathlon goes, I was a casual runner who got injured and I couldn’t run. I started swimming and realized swimming wasn’t half bad. I began to think about doing an Ironman and I signed up for one. The rest was history.
Childhood heroes included Warren Buffett, Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson, Andre Dawson.
“Be patient.” Success does not happen overnight and it’s the number one problem I see with people who fail to reach their potential. They simply expect too much too soon.
I am a full-time athlete. It is my job, so sports come first.
The actual physical act of training between swim, bike, and run is normally around 20-28 hours. There are weeks that are less and more but on average most weeks are in that range. That is just swim, bike, and run. There are a lot of physical activities that take time that are not included in that 20-28 number including strength, core, foam rolling, stretching, drills. There is a lot more that goes into being an athlete and at the end of the day it is literally a 24-365 job.
I don’t have a normal life. I never have and never will. To have a normal life in high level sport means you are not reaching your full potential. Even in downtime ,which all athletes must do, you must pick activities that fit into the recovery process. For some that might mean hanging out with friends, but for me I find that takes too much energy and I prefer tasks like meditation.
Sleep. Sleep is the ultimate training tool. 99.99% of people in this world do not understand the importance of sleep in the recovery process.
Just making it to the level I have made it to. To be able to line up on the Ironman World Championship start line with 50 other guys, most of whom I looked up to when I was just starting the sport. Guys who were World Champions, Olympic medal winners, or who even just competed in the Olympics. To break thru so many layers and reach that level while so many others have failed has been incredibly satisfying.
Winning the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI.
My diet is incredibly simply. If I can’t make it with less than 5 minutes of prep it doesn’t get made. Specifically my diet revolves around whole fruit with a lot of veggies, oatmeal, nuts, lean meats, greek yogurt and sweet potatoes. There are lots of beets and cherries in addition to BeetBoost. BeetBoost plays a pivotal role in my daily training by providing a simple, convenient, and healthy drink that I can consume during the swim, bike and run. It is full of vital fuel to keep the body going while providing a plentiful supply of antioxidants to bind down potentially dangerous free radicals that are created from the stress on the body.
A bowl of berries. There is beauty in simplicity. It may seem like not much to many but for me it better than any cooked a meal, a snickers, ice cream etc. It is part of why I am drawn to BeetBoost – the simplicity of the ingredients.
”Perfect is the enemy of great!!!” & “Hope is not a strategy”
Sleep is the number one thing you can do for recovery. I sleep up to 13 hours on a regular basis, although 9-11 hours is more of the norm. In general, a basic rule is 8 hours + 30 minutes of sleep for each hour of exercise. Outside of sleep, nutrition plays the next most important role. Eating a clean and healthy diet goes a long way. Eating a ton of fruit and veggies has been a critical component of my own recovery. In general, eating things that are vibrant in color is important. Things that bright purple and red are at the top of of this list and that includes the two ingredients in Beet Boost – beets and cherries!!! Beet Boost is convenient and simply way to take the power of beets and cherries on the go!!!! Massage, foam rolling, stretching, walking, swimming, and light spinning are also great tools for recovery.
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