Written by Zack on August 16th, 2011
Leading up to my Minnesota Strongman contest I was doing any and all cardio I could do. I did a lot of walking, biking and running…and I enjoyed it. I love the summer time, the warm weather and exercising in general. I don’t know how I came across the idea or why, but one day I started thinking about triathlons. First off wether I’m 270 or 230 I realize that I’m not the ideal body type to compete in triathlon and I’m ok with that. Right now I’m intrigued by the challenge, the mental toughness it would take to fight through the fatigue and push your body to the limit.
My first response was to check the web and see what conests are coming up and how soon I can get in one. I’ve learned through competiting in powerlifting, strongman and watching Josh in bodybuilding you have to put yourself out there to find out what it’s really all about and that’s what I intend to do. Unfortunatly I’m too late to compete in anything this year, but I’ve got my eye on a couple contests next year with a grand finale of the 70.3 Half Ironman in Kansas in June 2012.
What will happen to me? I’m wondering that right now. I was ok with dieting down to 231 for a strongman contest, but if I begin training for this triathlon what will happen to my size and strength? I plan on continuing my lifting with Josh and I want to stay strong, because that is what I do and who I am. It’s been my persona for 10+ years.
What about strongman and powerlifting? I still love strongman, but I’m not in love with it right now. The events are awesome and contests are fun, but I don’t have the same desire to compete in the sport like I did 3 years ago. Powerlifting is something that I never grow tired of, I’d love to train for a meet with Josh and possibly compete at 242 or maybe even 220. We’ll have to see what happens.