It was to the point where my blood pressure and cholesterol were getting out of hand. I had checkups with my doctor; both of those my parents were dealing with. I just decided I needed to start doing something about it.

At the time, I was married. I realized if I wanted to live a long life, I needed to do something about my overall fitness. Nobody in my life said ‘You’re fat and overweight. You need to lose weight.’ It was all internally.

 frI didn’t know how to make any changes. I just knew running was one of the more effective ways to lose weight so I just started going to the gym every day and forcing myself to spend an hour on the treadmill. I did that for several months in the morning.

Five years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing. From a weight loss perspective, I knew that I wasn’t eating healthy so I initially started counting calories. I looked at the treadmill and saw how many calories it was guessing I was burning.

I would substitute what I thought were healthy options. I started losing weight just because I went from being very inactive and eating junk to eating healthier options. The whole thing has evolved.

Then, I realized I needed to do better so I went to the low-fat, no-fat options. I cut out the high fructose corn syrup and the processed foods and made the move to organic and locally sourced items. I’m trying to stick to that—eating the grass-fed meats and poultry items out there.

I would say I train on average anywhere from, at this point in the schedule, 15-18 hours a week of just training for the race. That doesn’t include yoga or strength training. It’s just strictly looking at the swim/bike/run. It’s definitely ramped up.

I do a lot of two-a-days; getting up a 4:30 in the morning and working out before work. Then, squeezing something in at lunch or going and doing something after work.

My best discipline is biking. I have a football player’s body; big broad shoulders, which people would say are designed for swimming, but I have lineman’s legs.