We have an incredible team of athletes at Triathlon Training Team. Each member has a story and a path that brought them to the here and now, we are so excited to share their stories with you so you can get to know our team that much more. We will be featuring athletes every month so be sure to check back often. Maybe you’ll find someone that shares your same fears, loves the same distance as you, has similar obstacles making it difficult to commit to training. Whatever it is you are looking for, we are confidant you will find it at Triathlon Training Team and look forward to joining you are on your journey!
Today we are honored to feature Triathlon Training Team member: Ted
How did you get your start in triathlon?
I basically did it on a dare from my buddies at Tri Zone . I have been a cyclist for 30 + years and I would talk trash with them on their Saturday morning rides telling them it couldn’t be that difficult. Boy was I surprised. Did a mock tri down at Bay Shore and thought I was going to die.
What do you enjoy most about the sport?
By the far the most important aspect is the camaraderie of the team – super people. The actual events are almost secondary I get from the joy of training with them.
What is your favorite triathlon distance and why?
I haven’t entirely figure that out , at present I have done 1 mile swims , 2 mile open water swims , sprint , olympic and Aquabike ( olympic and 70.3 ) . – still looking for that sweat spot
What are your goals for this season, what are your upcoming races?
I had the Trick or Tri Olympic Tri in a October – flat and fast . Goals – one big one , to get my running legs back in shape . Coach Diego would also say my swim kick could be drastically improved . I like to get my 100m swim down to a 1.55/ 100 meter consistently in the pool and 10k run times to less than 50 minutes
Do you have a bucket list race?
Interesting question. If I could ever get my running legs back I would do a 70.3 . I also would like to do some 5k and 10k swim races – swimming is absolutely spiritual and you get in the Zen mood on long distance stuff.
Describe the feeling of finishing your first triathlon?
OUCH PAIN OUCH THIS SUCKS – ONE MONTH LATER , hmmmm let me see which will be the next one
What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome to participate in the sport?
The running by far. I didn’t stretch much for 30+ years of exercising and now paying the price
What is your favorite memory/experience the sport has brought you during either training or racing?
Southern California weather and cycling up Glendora Mountain Road feeling your heart beat in your ear – It is spiritual.
Is there anything else you would like me to ask that I didn’t?
Figure out a way to work out every day and do not be completely blown out after exercising- Old guys need NAPS – UGH