First and foremost, thanks for stopping by to check out my blog. My name is Kyle and as you probably already know, I’m a triathlete. I’ve been so for about 7 years now, but that’s just the beginning of getting to know me!
I was born in Sarasota, Fl and raised as an only child. I did plenty of sports as a kid, anything from soccer to baseball. Then I got to middle school where everything went downhill except my weight, which went up and up. It went all the way up until I was 191 lbs, and only 5’ 6’’! I’m still looking for a good picture to show you from this time (… as you can imagine I wasn’t to interested in taking pictures). To say the least these were not my glory days. It took a couple years before I decided that I was over being overweight, and something just clicked.
All the sudden I became a health freak. I started watching what I ate and did what I thought then were impossible workouts. My mother had an old home elliptical machine that I would get on and swing away the night, watching none other than TLC (… don’t judge, Trading Space was a great show!). I lost a lot of weight, close to 40 pounds, by the time I got to freshmen year of high school. That’s were the true transformation to an endurance athlete began!
I joined the cross country team, not knowing a clue about running and what it really involved. I suffered through workouts, and was the worst guy on the team. However, I was determined to become a better runner, and prove to myself that I could run fast with a ton of work. My first 5k was less than spectacular, a speedy 38 minutes or so. By the time I reached freshman year of college though, I was running 5k races around 18:30. Even with all the success I had in running, it just wasn’t enough. I wanted more, and now I wanted to win! It became the dream I still strive for today.
My cross country coach had introduced me to triathlons, so I gave it a shot. A few more sprints, then on to olympic, a Half, then a Full Ironman! Holy cow it all came so fast. Now five years later, and I’m a two time Ironman finisher, and four time Half Ironman finisher. Of course it wasn’t as easy as one two three. I spent hours upon hours training, dodging school work, and interning each and every week of college. Balancing my life priorities was difficult at times, but well worth the achievements I’ve gotten to. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Central Fl (GO KNIGHTS), and now work full time as an Engineer!
However, I still don’t know if I am fulfilling my dream. I want to win and I love triathlons, but I’ve already accomplished completing an Ironman? So in 2012 I’ve set a goal of qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii! To me, it would be the pinnacle of my triathlon career, and possibly my life up till now. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that anything, and I truly mean anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
So join me now for what I like to call my life in transitions, as I work toward a qualifying spot in the Ironman World Championships. Along the way there will be product reviews, training and nutrition tips, inspiration, athlete interviews, expert opinions, progress checks, and much more. I hope you all enjoy!