"I'm not a podium contender. I'm not an elite athlete by any stretch of the imagination, and I'll have good and bad races. But I'm healthier and happier than I've ever been and I attribute that to Fleet Feet's programs. I'll talk triathlon to anybody that wants to listen to me (and sometimes even if they don't!). My goal is to encourage those who don't get active to try and get that way and set goals. Whether it is in the pool, on the trail, or on the road, being active is a key that opens SO many doors to an exciting life." - Paul
Short Term Goals
My goals this season are to have better stamina and endurance on the run after doing swim and bike portions of the triathlons I do. I'm consistent with my times, but I'd like my run and bike times to be a bit better, so I'm really concentrating on them.
I'd also like to inspire those that think running, biking, or swimming (or all three!) are doable. You won't do a triathlon the first time you get up, but with encouragement and support of groups like NOBO and the Tri classes, it can be done!
Long Term Goals
I'd like to be more comfortable in the Olympic length, but that just comes with practice, training, and doing it! That takes time! But more importantly, I want to encourage everybody I can go get up and get active in life. You only have one shot at this life, so why spend it on the sidelines? I know the likelihood of getting a medal or podium spot is slim for me, but ultimately I'm healthier, stronger, and more fit than I've ever been. My reward is a longer life and more time with my family. And THAT is a reward I hope to inspire everybody to achieve because THEY CAN!
Essentials in my diet?
I'm a former high school Cross Country/Track runner, but that was quite a while ago. After years of not doing much other than hiking and scuba diving, my wife and I started with Fleet Feet's No Boundaries (NOBO) in 2013 and ran our first 5k together at the Cookie Dash. Things progressed and we accepted the challenge to try triathlons and participated in both Tri 101 and 102 in 2013. Our first was the Huntsville Sprint, but we also did Wet Dog, and I concluded the year with Frantic Frog.
I was unhappy with my Frantic Frog performance and proceeded to go out and run 4.5 miles a couple of days later (my legs were not happy during that race)! I then realized, that despite me saying I'd never run a 10k, I could do a 10k and worked on increasing my distances until I could do that. With that, my next obstacle was building up my swim endurance to the point that I felt I could do an Olympic triathlon with that 1500m swim.