Motto: "Your mind will quit a thousand times before your body will"
In This Sport Since: May 2010
Favorite Race: Jax Sprint Series
I am currently in the Army stationed at Fort Benning, GA. I have been in the Army since February 2007, shortly after joining I volunteer for the Special Forces. In February 2000 was selected, trained and assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group out of Fort Bragg, NC. March of 2002 I was in Afghanistan for my 1st of 4 tours. July 30, 2006 I was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), my wounds were minor however I recovered slowly and gained weight. I began to refocus on fitness, setting my goal on the Big Sur Marathon in Monterey California. This was one of my life's defining moments. I then realized that my body is only limited by my mind. I continued in the Army through Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in May 2009. I was tested again when injured on a parachute jump in Ranger School. Upon completion of Ranger School January 2010 I was to undergo disc replacement surgery in my back. I again set a goal to complete my first Triathlon. May of that year was when I "caught the bug" after a few months of an athletic recovery I was hooked. That event was exactly what I needed to set my goals toward and to complete. Since I have been inspired by so many people with similar and more astounding achievements than I can hardly begin realize. I have met people from all walks of life, that normally our paths may never have crossed. The sport has made me richer in so many ways, although my bank account may argue with that, my life cannot.
I swim, bike, run because:
Physically as I get older I would like a healthy quality of life and avoid overuse injuries the pursuit being the best I can be at all 3 sports doesn't really leave time to do any one sport to the point of injury. As Yogi Berra would say Triathlons are 80 percent Physical and the other half is mental. To me the mental is key no matter what is going on in my life, the moment I put on my running shoes, get on my bike or push off the side of a pool for a swim, everything begins to fade away. This is when I feel I'm in the present moment, an emotional reset and truly embrace living fully. Oh and after a race I can eat whatever I want!!
The most interesting aspect of our sport is:
The positive atmosphere. I remember looking around at my first race in the transition area, I was so intimidated although I had watched several "how to" YouTube videos prior I was still quite overwhelmed. However not a single athlete looked down on me as the "new guy" they offered help and gave me genuine friendly advice. Every Triathlete pro or first timers I have met since has had that exact same attitude. The race itself no matter the distance sprint to 140.6 is a true test of will for every athlete, a competition against your inner voice telling you to slow down or speed up. This is only a few reasons I have developed a love for the sport.
The person who inspires me to do more than I otherwise would:
It's hard for me to say that anyone person has inspired me to be the person I am. Of course I would love to ride like Lance Armstrong what he has done for the sport is extraordinary, not to mention the tremendous support developed by the Livestong foundation. I hope to meet him someday but I would have to give credit to a few dozen really. Starting with my parents that taught me about setting goals and sacrifice. In the Army I have had several mentors that have always inspired me to find a way to dig deeper within myself. Every race I go to there is someone there that shows me that it not about the gear you have, your age, or what your body looks like, it's about what you have in inside and what you have done or overcome to cross the finish line.
I Inspire others with: Positive attitude, humility and always have a good time.
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1338 days ago
Brian, have to say , thank you for your service to our country. My HIM is to be determined. Right now I am still needing to lose about 30-40 more pounds. My stats are basically I can do a mile swim in 45 min, 56 m on the bike in 3:30, and a half marathon in 3 hrs. I am currently 270 so that's not too bad for a big dude but, the weight has to come off before going after the 70.3
I am using the HIM to challenge myself to my goal. I am looking at possibly summer 2013, possibly REV3 Wisconsin Dells, Steelhead 70.3 Benton Harbor,MI or Superiorman Tri, Duluth MN.
If not by then, then 2014 for sure.
Stay in touch.
1354 days ago
Dude, thanks for the add, great to meet a serious triathlete. hope to talk to you soon, gotta get some rack time, im on night shift.
1361 days ago