In love with triathlon ever since doing an Olympic distance race as part of his “bucket list” challenge, Justin’s life now revolves around the sport. Owner of his own triathlon coaching company, he never set out to race professionally. Yet with his skill and love of the sport, it’s no wonder he has mounted the professional podium already 9 times.
How did you start running? I joined a first timer marathon group during my freshman year in college that was training for the Austin Marathon in 2000. I kept running after this event and eventually started triathlon shortly thereafter.
Why do you run now? I have always loved running because of its simplicity. With just a pair of shoes you can escape into nature of explore a new city.
What has been the most important race you’ve run to date? My first Ironman win at IM Boulder, 2014.
What is your pre-race ritual?
I like to watch long movies the day before the race that help me detach and relax. It’s good to be able to escape a bit before having to go into a hyper focused mode.
What do you think about while running? Running! One of the best skills you can develop as a runner if learning to be fully engaged in the process.
What is your go to training meal? Either oatmeal and eggs or rice, chicken and avocado.
What song is your go to for the run? “Smash” - The Offspring
Who is your “team”? My teams extends to everyone that supports me; from my wife, family, pets, training partners, friends, healthcare practitioners and sponsors.
What is your passion next to endurance sports? Animals.
Who would you be if you weren’t a professional athlete? I am currently a small business owner so without racing, I’d likely spend more time in this area. Aside from that, I’d like find a way to work more with animals.
What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete? There is no template for success. It can be easy to try and emulate others, but ultimately every successful pro athlete has learned what specifically for them.
What was the best piece of running advice you ever received? Run on dirt as much as possible. Also, a piece of advice I give: “do some runs without your watch.”
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
There is no timetable for success; you have to be willing to put in whatever amount of time and effort it takes to be successful.
Why On? On is a shoe company created by runners for runner and their dedication to excellence in athletics is hard to beat.