Friday, March 21, 2008

An athlete.

Iron G in 2015 posted a pop quiz for us runners to answer and I thought I'd put my thoughts down here to share with everyone.

1. How long have you been running or tri-training?
I have been running and road racing from the mile to the marathon for 18 years. This summer will be my 5th year of Triathlon racing.

2. Why did you start running or tri-training?
I started to run after I gained 15 pounds between 19 and 26 years old and I decided I needed an easy exercise program that would get me back to my boxing weight and shape.
I think tri-training is something most of us did as kids, but we didn't call it training, we called it play. We swam, we biked, and we ran around all day. It seemed natural that one day I decided to try a triathlon race and to do it with the intent of having FUN. After 5 years of triathlon training and racing I'm still having fun.

3. What's your most memorable race?
Running the Hope Memorial Mile in 4:29

4. What's your favorite race to run (distance and/or specific event)?
The Cleveland 10K because of the quality of the field and to be part of the excitement among thousands of runners.

5. What's the best advice you have ever received?
Learn to incorporate cross training like, swim, bike, run, lift weights, yoga, pilates, you name it, into your running program.

6. What's the best advice you never followed (that you should have)?
Don't eat before training or racing in the morning.

7. Where do you train?
In the evenings at home in the basement on the treadmill and bike trainer. On the weekends in Garfield Park and Mill Creek Trail and the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park. During lunch time in CSU Pool and running in and around the downtown area
8. What are your long-term goals?
Run the marathon under 3 hours (2008 or 2009). Complete a Half Ironman under 5 hours (2009). Bike a century as fast as I can (2008).

9. What's your favorite pre-race meal?
Oatmeal, banana, and green tea

10. What's your favorite post-race, PR or goal-meeting reward?
A hot shower and an afternoon nap in the recliner while reading The Art of Learning


Neese said...

oatmeal, banana and green tea, three of my favorite things!

Tri-Dummy said...

18 years of running...IT SHOWS!

Brian said...

A 4:29 mile? What did that feel like? Glad to read about your insights on running/tri training.

GP said...

Ugh, Blogger's been a punk for the past couple weeks, and I've been itching to respond to your great answers.

I dig the whole blogging scene because I not only find training tips and get feedback, but I get to learn about other people. I'm really looking forward to following your goals this season and for years to come. You're an incredible athlete. Thanks for the inspiration.