February 2019 – Craig Ostrom

I have always been an active person. My dad took me to my first road race when I was 5 years old.  I played soccer in middle school but my main love was Cross Country and track in high school in Richland, Wa.  After high school I ran Cross Country in community college.

Since college I have run 23 marathons. I hope to be running and cycling into my 80’s just like my dad.  I am always thankful for everyday I can do what I love.  I enjoy working out with others…sharing the pain together LOL.

Fun “get to know you” survey below:

1. How many years have you been in triathlon?
11 years. First race was Music City relay with Skip Alcorn and Greg Gray. 1st solo was 2008 (forget name of race).   I do remember Alan Curtis tapping his head as I came out of T2…he was trying to tell me to take my bike helmet off.

2. How many years have you been apart of HEAT?
10 years.  Lots of good friends and memories.

3. How did you get started in triathlon?
I was riding with a friend training for IM Louisville and thought it sounded crazy so I thought I would try it.

4. What is your favorite discipline?
Running.  Least favorite: Swim

5. What distances have you competed in?
I have done all distances from Sprints up to full IM.  This year I will do my second Ironman (Lake Placid).

6. What has been your favorite race?
Ironman Chattanooga. If you talk to Coach Barry though he would swear it is Music City since I have done it 11 years straight.

7. What is your go-to nutritional product for training/racing?
That is a good question.  Lot of trial and error but normally I come back to infinit on the bike and P&J. Cannot take much on run other than gels and water.

8. What serves as your motivation to keep going when the training or the race seems too hard?
All the training I have done has set me up. I picture myself crossing the finish line. I never want to disappoint myself or friends/family.

9. What does your normal training week look like?
Right now: swim 2 times a week; ride 3 times a week; run 3 times a week; Yoga 2-3 times a week.

10. What is your first thought after finishing a triathlon?
Thank goodness that is over.

Swim. Bike. Run. Eat. Sleep. Repeat