Meet the Athlete: Andrew

Today, we get to meet Andrew- a world traveler, fruit connoisseur, and BrittFit athlete since 2014.

Current place of residence: Oxnard, California
Day job: Director of International Field Development (I buy fruit)
Favorite Non-triathlon sports/hobbies: Futbol (the real sport, not the U.S. version…Hala Madrid!)

Current (2015) triathlon goal: TBD-at least one Olympic distance race
Best race leg: Bike
Favorite pre-race fuel: PB and Banana Sandwich
Dream race: IM 70.3 Manta Ecuador
Race mantra: I have two:

Everyday mantra– “Be STRONG when you are weak, be BRAVE when you are scared, be HUMBLE when you are victorious, be BADASS every day”

Gut check race/training mantra–  “I will never quit, I am never out of the fight.”

When/how/why did you start triathlon? I started training for my first triathlon in Oct 2014 and just finished my first race at the Tritonman Sprint in Feb 2015.

Hardest race and/or workout you’ve ever completed: To date, the hardest event I’ve ever done was a GoRuck event a few years ago.  7+ hours with a backpack full of bricks doing military style exercises while hiking all over the streets of downtown L.A.  True test of physical and mental endurance and also an overall test of fortitude.

Most memorable training and/or race moment(s): A few months ago, I got a flat ~10 miles from home:  spare tub punctured on refill, no cell phone.  Luckily a fellow S4T (Swimming for Triathletes class) teammate happed to ride by and saved the day!

Words of wisdom to someone considering training for their first triathlon: Start small, build a strong running base and find a sugar daddy/mamma to sponsor your new expensive hobby!

Something you’ve learned about yourself through triathlon: I should have taken a few swimming lessons growing up….

Pre-race ritual or superstition?: Body Glide on keys areas starting 5 days out….

Why do you keep Tri-ing?: Because I suck at it!  I like that it forces me out of my comfort zone and provides daily challenges and obstacles.

If you could swap out one leg of the triathlon (swim, bike, or run) for a new sport, which would you swap out, and what would you swap in, and why? I’d take the swim out and swap in white water rafting, something to get the adrenaline boosted before the bike and run.

What does “Fuel” mean to you? Finding the right mix of nutrition, sleep and personal time to stay in balance.

What does being “Fit” mean to you?: Being physically and mentally prepared to accomplish the goal; one without the other is not enough.

Pick one:

Long ride or long run? Long Ride
Open water or pool? Open Water
Chocolate or cheese? Cheese
Watch on your left wrist or right? Left
Morning or evening workout? Morning
Hat or visor? Unfortunately Hat- my bald head would burn otherwise.
Swim cap or no cap? Depends on how cold it is, my dome is pretty hydrodynamic as is.
Cheerios or Wheaties? Cheerios
Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? Coffee…black

Want to see yourself featured in a future edition of M.T.A.? All BrittFit Athletes are eligible. You could be next!

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