A little bit about you (profession, hobbies, athletic background, etc.):
I am Vice President & General Counsel to Natrol, Inc. a dietary supplement company in Southern California. One Natrol subsidiary is Medical Research Institute (MRI), a sport nutrition company that is also my sponsor (of course, I use the products too!). In addition to triathlons, I enjoy traveling to foreign places to experience different cultures. My prior athletic history includes soccer, which I played in both high school and college.
When did you complete your first triathlon (and if you’ve completed more than one, how many)?
I did my first triathlon over twenty years ago, and I’ve done over 50 multi-sport events.
What inspires you to train/compete?
I enjoy the health benefits and the general good feeling from a satisfying workout. About two years ago, I lost almost 90 pounds in about one year’s time thanks to changes in my diet and exercise habits. Right now, I’m training for the Ironman World Championship this October (my first attempt). Last year, I was scheduled to compete in Kona, but was hit by a car while on a bike ride less than a week before I was to fly to Hawaii. I broke my collarbone, had two surgeries, and 6 months of PT to get back to the level where I can train and race again. So far, I’ve done three races this season, and I have three more scheduled leading up to Kona.
What is your favorite thing about the sport?
I love the challenge of pushing myself to higher levels, both physically and mentally.
What’s your least favorite thing?
The high entrance fees requested to register for certain OTHER races (not this one, of course!).
What is the best advice you ever received regarding the sport of triathlon?
Don’t get caught up in what training others are doing. Most likely, they are doing too much.
Share your top three (or one, or ten) training tips:
- I find that brick workouts are key to performing better during races.
- Remember to take one “day off” each training week
- Keep your hard days hard and your easy days easy. Too often people try to go out and hammer every day, which does not allow for proper recovery and focus on key workouts.
How do you stay motivated?
Scheduling races and trying to do better than I did the season before helps to keep me motivated. It also helps my motivation to be racing for a cause, and my chosen charity is Santa Barbara-based Vitamin Angels (VitaminAngels.org) for which I’m raising funds through the Ironman’s Janus Charity Challenge (donation link). I will have a Vitamin Angels fan base at Santa Barbara Tri cheering me on!
How has training for or participating in triathlon(s) affected other areas of your life?
Besides the obvious health benefits, I have a lot more energy because of my training and racing. Also, I think it sets a good example for my seven-year-old daughter.
Any words of encouragement for novice or aspiring triathletes?
Enjoy it. If you view training as a chore, you will burn out. I did my first race over twenty years ago…and I am still racing.
Do you have a post-triathlon indulgence?