From barely swimming to Ironman, John Santos has come so far since his first triathlon. Throughout his Ironman training, John did a great job balancing the demands of training with the rest of his life and did it with a smile on his face. Always proactive with his planning, he is an example for all of us on achieving big goals despite busy lives. Read about John’s journey below in his own words….
Tell us about your journey to endurance sports. How did you get started?
Long process… Started it as a weekend cyclist, riding with friends. Whenever we go to places for vacation, we bring our bikes and ride the town. Then I started swimming for upper body and for when I get older, should be able to swim for physical activity.
When was your first race? Tell us about it.
We were still in North Carolina when my friends invited me to do a Sprint Tri in Shady Grove YMCA. I’m fit as a cyclist, I ran 5K’s, and I can float… so they convinced me to do it. I did it and barely survived the swim part.
What is your greatest accomplishment in the sport?
Finishing the half-distances, Ironman race, and being able to swim long distance.
What is your biggest goal right now?
Continue having a healthy lifestyle with NO medical maintenance.
What motivates you?
Doing triathlons keeping me healthy and setting good examples to my family and friends.
Outside of training and racing, what are other important things in your life?
Good health, family and friends
How has training and racing impacted the rest of your life?
Gave me a good practice on time management, healthy lifestyle and setting attainable goals.
Why did you choose to train with Endorphin Fitness?
Friends, location, facility, and great coaches
What do you love most about training with Endorphin Fitness?
The EF team member’s friendliness and strong camaraderie.