July 2018 – Brad Cannon

I have been married to my wife Amy for 21 years as of 6/14/18. We have three daughters: Brooklyn – 14, Lexi – 11, and Briley – 9. I am the owner of five Home Instead Senior Care franchises located in Bowling Green, KY, Goodlettsville, TN, Nashville, TN, Franklin, TN and Clarksville, TN. Our mission is to provide a reliable home care option to allow seniors to remain in their homes versus going into facilities for care.Brad Cannon

I have played competitive softball for over 20 years, but two Achilles ruptures and one Achilles surgery later, I have taken up triathlon. I spend my time running my businesses, spending time with my family and training. I just started triathlon in late 2017 and have only competed in two sprint triathlons. I will be participating in two Olympic distance races this summer and plan to complete the 70.3 in September (Augusta).

I have so much room for improvement and I have so much to learn. I am enjoying the training as I believe that’s the part of the journey that is most rewarding. I have lost close to 20 lbs. since I began triathlon training. I’m excited to continue through this inaugural season and learn as much as possible along the way. I thank God each day for the ability to wake up and exercise – it’s a blessing versus an obligation!

Brad wanted to emphasize how influential HEAT member, David Brown, has been on his triathlon journey. Brad commented on David’s influence, “He has been a constant source of encouragement and has taught me a lot about triathlon and how it goes deeper than your splits and the place you finish. He originates from South Africa and the approach to athletics there is far different that the USA. We make everything about winning. Winning isn’t bad, but he has encouraged me to compete against myself and strive to improve using myself as the basis for improvement.”

  1. How many years have you been in triathlon?  Less than 1 year   
  2. How many years have you been apart of HEAT? Less than 1 year
  3. How did you get started in triathlon? I was encouraged by my friend David Brown. That encouragement along with the healthy lifestyle triathlon promotes, the journey began.
  4. What is your favorite discipline?  Bike
  5. What distances have you competed in?
    • Sprint
    • Intermediate  
  6. What has been your favorite race?  Having only been in three races, its hard to say. I am looking forward to August 70.3 in September. I am training hard for that race.
  7. What is your go-to nutritional product for training/racing? Perpetuem made by Hammer Products
  8. What serves as your motivation to keep going when the training or the race seems too hard? My faith in God as I know I am fortunate to have the ability to swim bike and run, regardless of pace. I also think about being a healthy example for my three daughters.
  9. What does your normal training week look like?                                MWF – Run
    WF – Swim
    T- Cycle
    Th – Strength
    Sat – Long cycle with brick
    Sunday – rest
  10. What is your first thought after finishing a triathlon?
    I have so much room for improvement, yet a degree of thankfulness as well for finishing.