Meet the Athlete: Tim

Tim, BrittFit athlete since 2014, is currently training for the 2015 Lake Tahoe Ironman. Read on to find out how Tim got into this swim + bike + run stuff, and why he is still triathloning!

Current place of residence: Camarillo, CA
Day job: Financial Advisor
Favorite Non-triathlon sports/hobbies: Winemaking and wine tasting

Current (2015) triathlon goal: Lake Tahoe Ironman
Best race leg: Definitely the bike
Favorite pre-race fuel: Apples and peanut butter
Favorite post-workout treat: Huge steak served medium rare, baked potato with sour cream, butter and chives and steamed broccoli with lemon.
Dream race: Something in Grand Cayman or Turks and Caicos so I can vacation afterwards.
Race mantra: “I can do this”

When/how/why did you start triathlon?: I started in 2008 with a Splash n Dash in Ventura after being nagged by Richard Diaz of DHP. My training needed a focus and triathlons were a new challenge for me. Besides, at a certain age flexibility and cardio fitness win out over how much you can bench press. I was after functional fitness.

Hardest race and/or workout you’ve ever completed: Aside from DHP, flipping tires as part of a cardio circuit, my first triathlon was the hardest race for me. I lost my goggles as I entered the water. I was kicked several times. My swimming skills were non-existent and my borrowed wetsuit was so tight I could hardly breathe.

Most memorable training and/or race moment(s): Most memorable training moment was completing the uphill portion in Sycamore Canyon without stopping for the first time while training for The Great Race in Agoura. Most memorable race moment was completing the Olympic distance Malibu Tri.

Words of wisdom to someone considering training for their first triathlon: Get a coach and or take classes and wrap your mind around rest and nutrition.

Something you’ve learned about yourself from triathlon: It’s all mental.

Pre-race ritual or superstition?: I always meditate and see myself crossing the finish line, then I double and triple check my gear.

Why do you keep Tri-ing?: I like a focus for my training.

What does “Fuel” mean to you?: Protein and a complex carb.

What does being “Fit” mean to you?: Not getting winded, and, if I do, not staying that way for long.

Pick one:

Long ride or long run? Long ride
Open water or pool? Pool
Chocolate or cheese? Cheese
Watch on your left wrist or right? Left
Morning or evening workout? Morning
Hat or visor? Neither
Swim cap or no cap? None, I’m already aerodynamic
Cheerios or Wheaties? Neither
Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? Strong coffee

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