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Meet the Athlete: John (#2)

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Introducing: John #2, BrittFit athlete since 2014.

What’s with the name/number? John joined the Swimming for Triathletes class in Ventura, CA, he was given the nickname “#2” to avoid confusion with the other John (#1) in the class.

Current place of residence: Kamuela, HI
Favorite place you’ve lived thus far: Kamuela, HI
Day job: Family Physician
Current (2015) triathlon goal: IM Boulder, finish time 12:00
Best race leg: Run (usually)
Favorite pre-race fuel: Spaghetti and meatballs the night before
Favorite post-workout treat: Chocolate milk
Dream race: I’ll dream big and say IM Kailua Kona, World Championships
Race day mantra: Race smart!

When/how did you start triathlon? I started triathlon in 2012 at the Lifetime Fitness Chicago Triathlon. It was always something I wanted to do and so I started big; I did the Olympic distance and have been addicted to triathlons ever since.

Hardest race or workout you’ve ever completed: Kamuela, HI, 54 mile ride from Kamuela to Waipi ‘o Valley, for a total of 6,000 ft of elevation gain. It was also the most gorgeous ride I’ve ever done.

Most memorable race moment: Malibu Triathlon 2014, bike course going southbound on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) as you descend on Leo Carillo, it was a sight of pure beauty: the sun shining down on the ocean and sand, gentle waves crashing into the shore with a gentle breeze, all to the sweet sound of bicycles on the highway.

Words of wisdom to someone considering training for their first triathlon: Be patient. So many people want the quick fix and fast results but the key to getting better at anything, especially triathlon, is patience and consistency. So if you’re doing triathlons to lose weight, or to become the fastest in your age group or to qualify for World Championships, be patient with yourself, keep with it, train SMART and watch all of your times get faster and your weight drop GRADUALLY. If you’re patient, you’ll have the success you’re after and you will have fun in the process.

Something you’ve learned about yourself from triathlon: I can do ANYTHING as long as I have the right (smart) plan.

Pick one:
Long ride or long run? Long ride
Ocean or pool swim? Ocean
Chocolate or cheese? Definitely CHOCOLATE
Watch on your left wrist or right? Left
Morning or evening workout? Morning
T1 or T2? T2
Hat or visor? Neither (for now)
Speedo or jammers? Jammers
Swim cap or no cap? Swim cap

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