What inspired you to try a triathlon?
I can’t say I was inspired to try triathlon in the beginning. I kind of stumbled into it.
Running and cross-fit training had been my focus for many years but started to become repetitious. I needed motivation to train so I started to participate in 5k, 10k, and half marathons to have a goals and deadlines to work towards. Unfortunately my body did not cooperate and I started to have significant knee problems (i.e. could not walk getting out of bed some days). Taking the advice of several doctors I started incorporating low impact training into my workouts. This included biking (stationary) at first then swimming.
Over time I was splitting equal time between running, swimming, and biking. My body felt much better and the variety kept things interesting. In 2015 a friend mentioned a local sprint triathlon and suggested I should sign up. I registered having no idea what to expect. I remember showing up to the race armed with knowledge from the internet on how to prepare (the internet is never wrong…) and my old mountain bike. It is safe to say I was an obvious newbie but the cool thing was everyone was extremely helpful and went out of their way to answer all my questions. It was definitely a different competitive environment than I had ever experienced. I was hooked.
What are your future goals?
My future goals are largely driven by time availability to put in the time to train. I completed my first half Ironman (Muncie) this year. This set the bar for me with respect to goals for future sprints and half triathlons. I would like to do a couple of Ironman events in the mid-west in 2018 plus local sprint events. Long term a full Ironman is on my bucket list but this is a ways out.
How Endurance House has helped you in your journey?
When I joined the Endurance House Tri team I did so with the desire to learn from those with experience and to be part of a community that enjoyed the sport. The coaching from Justin and the overall support of the team has helped me in ways that I would not have figured out on my own. It has been a blast so far and I hope that I can give back as much as I have been given. The great thing about triathlon, as least in my opinion, is that the journey is never boring!
-Rusty, Endurance House Tri Team Member