Get to know Will…


What experience did you learn the most from? In 2007 I had a dream of traveling the country while racing. After months of planning and hard work, the dream came to fruition. I called the trip Will’s XTERRA Adventure. I encountered many hardships, difficult choices, and uphill battles along the way, but in the end succeeded in pulling off what would be the first of many once-in-a-lifetime trips. Through hard work, persistence, and ingenuity I found that meeting nearly any goal is possible. Even one that seems completely out of reach and I have some pretty amazing stories to show for it.

Favorite “I know I shouldn’t eat this, but I’m going to anyway” food – Red velvet cake and cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

My OCD moments – Every time, and I mean EVERY TIME, I make a cup of coffee and I pour the cream into it, the lines…

I like my sugar with coffee and cream
Well I got to keep it going keep it going full steam
Too sweet to be sour too nice to be mean

go through my head. Those lyrics are from the song Intergalactic by the Beastie Boys. It’s been that way for years!

Odd life aspiration – Be an A Capella singer.

XTERRA Greece RunBiggest newbie mistake – At the first triathlon I ever did, I tried to put my tri top on after getting out of the pool. I then proceeded to ride the 1st of 4 laps with the jersey half on one arm and not on the other at all! By the time I got to the 3rd lap, I had gotten it on most of the way, but didn’t bother with the rest. I had a weird tan line that made it look like I was wearing a sports bra. But a close 2nd place was my sun block screw up later that year. At the first big triathlon I ever raced (Wildflower in 2000), I used sun block that wasn’t waterproof. For those of you who have ever baked out in the sun for 3 hours, you know my pain. I was red as a lobster by the time I crossed the finish line. The only part of me that was exposed that didn’t get burned was the numbers stamped on my arm. Still to this day, every time I see someone with # 124, I laugh a little.

What I learned most from my parents – Always work hard and give it your best. If something is worth having, and you truly want it, give it your all.

What about triathlon motivates me to continue to make it a career – Fitness and fun are my passions and being a professional triathlete is a great way to combine those.  I love a challenge and there are always new challenges around every corner when it comes to triathlon.

How did I find triathlon – During my freshman year at the University of Colorado – Boulder in 1999, I tried out for the cross country team. About 5k into an 8k race, I thought my lungs were going to explode and nearly collapsed. “Why can’t I breathe?” to which someone responded, “It’s the altitude.” My response was something along the lines of, “What’s altitude?” Needless to say, I didn’t make the team that year. To stay fit and be a part of one team or another, I thought I’d give triathlon a shot. I could run, knew how to ride a bike, and figured I could swim from one end of the pool to the other. Wildflower was my first “official” race and from that moment on, I was hooked.

What I like:

  • Tearing through the woods at top speed on my mountain bike
  • Climbing under heavy bed sheets and a comforter
  • Feeling the flow, riding the bull
  • Movies, movies, movies
  • Crossing the finish line no matter what condition I’m in
  • Being inside listening to the rain

What I dislike:

  • Using my face to stop me while riding the mountain bike
  • Hypocrisy
  • Bananas (I like the taste, but the texture makes me gage)
  • Non wetsuit swims
  • Spicy food

 

One word that best describes me – Ambitious