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JD Balch :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Competitive spirit within. Need and desire for adrenaline. Enjoyment of meeting new, good people which the sport of triathlon provides plenty.

Alexandra

Alexandra Irady :

What motivates you to do the sport?

I like challenges and I like to be challenged ...Manage the doubts and overcome the doubts of not being able to do something , is what really motivates me!!

Miguel

Miguel Lopez :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Swimming in cool open waters, cycling through stunning landscapes and running with the cheers of total strangers all do motivate me to do the sport but above all these, it’s the camaraderie and the unspoken understanding of why we do the sport that drives me.

Michelle

Michelle Brown Holmes :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Triathlons are my race against Father Time! The race to keep my body, mind and spirit young and active!

Sam

Samantha Darr Rankin :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Motivation in the sport: racing gives me a great sense of success which strengthens and motivates me in all areas of my life.

Katie

Katie Fitch :

What motivates you to do the sport?

To stay in shape, challenge myself physically and mentally, relieve stress, push my limits

Jay

Jay Leibfarth :

What motivates you to do the sport?

I love getting up every morning and knowing that by the end of the day I will have made myself just a little faster than I was the day before.

Marcus

Marcus Gary :

What motivates you to do the sport?

To have more fun

Rosanna

Rosanna Centanaro :

What motivates you to do the sport?

My two daughters, I want to be an example to them by doing something healthy for myself

Todd

Todd Rankin :

What motivates you to do the sport?

I am motivated by the endurance challenge of pushing myself and truly enjoy the feeling of finishing something that very few people in the world ever even consider to be possible!

Karen

Karen Campbell :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Everyday I'm able to show myself that I'm stronger than I think and have accomplished more than I ever thought possible. Plus I have friends, teammates and coaches who keep me accountable and make training fun

Malcolm

Malcolm Holmes :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Other than sharing the experience with my new Wife, Michelle, it’s the drive to do better. Each time you see gains in your performance, it motivates you to take it to the next level. I think it is the competitive nature of all who compete.

Carla

Carla Veach :

What motivates you to do the sport?

It keeps me feeling strong & healthy and I have met great friends!

Jenny

Jenny Malone Hoskovec :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Training helps provide balance to my hectic life and makes me a better mom and wife. I'm motivated by my teammates each and every day because TriMAC has such amazing people coming together to improve themselves and have fun!

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Adam Zavala :

Whats motivates you to do the sport?:

The feeling of accomplishment every time i complete a training session, which will ultimately lead to better and faster times, as well as a great team environment!

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Garrick Malone :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Challenge myself mentally & physically training for 3 sports at the same time, great people to train with and compete against, and to be in great shape & stay healthy.

Cindy

Cindy Bahena :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Pushing myself to limits I never thought physically possible, and of course FOOD!

MJ

Michael James Hey :

What motivates you to do the sport?:

Triathlon is a huge part of my identity, it's a source of positive power in my life and enables me burn off stress and pressure from work, it enables me to connect and spend time with the most incredible people whilst pushing my own mental and physical boundaries to new limits.

Annette

Annette Colgan :

What motivates you to do the sport?

I enjoy the sport. I like to see how well I can do the discipline combined. I also think it’s fun.

Fred

Fred Morales :

What motivates you to do the sport?

The constant challenge and the fulfillment of redefining new limits. The discipline, commitment, balance and fun that come with training are extraordinary. Triathlon has changed me physically, emotionally, mentally and it has had an extremely positive impact on my life. It also introduced me to an outstanding group of individuals that became my second family. TriMAC makes the world of triathlon not only challenging but a lot of fun.

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Tamara Patiño :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Get in Shape and have FUN with friends!

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Chris Hoover :

What motivates you to do the sport?

What motivates me to do the triathlon is the adventure and competitiveness of the sport. I am drawn to the adventure of all 3 disciplines it is like I am able to think clearly when I am out swimming, biking, or running. Also I just love to push myself to see how much pain I can endure kind of a weird thought, but you always feel satisfied when you push beyond your limits.

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Kendra Garroutte :

What motivates you to do the sport?

I’m competitive!! I’m motivated by the challenge of becoming good in not just one sport, but three. Looking and feeling great are also part of my motivation ☺

Oscar

Oscar Moran :

What motivates you to do the sport?

Being able to train, travel and compete with such great friends and coaches!. A fun way to stay in shape and healthy.

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Lee Reforma :

What motivates you to do the sport?

My teammates and my Coach motivate me to be a better triathlete through their performances and everyday lives. I like to set goals for myself during all my races and work on achieving those goals through hard work and dedication.

JC

Juan Carlos Patiño :

What motivates you to do the sport?

The feeling that I am doing something for my health and my personal improvement, the healthy rivalry with my friends and teammates and the notion that I could be a good influence for my wife and a role model for my daughters.

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JD Balch

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Best race experience:
Hard to say because there are so many. If I must narrow it down, I would have to say the swim in Branson, the bike in Boulder and the raining run in Branson

2013 goal:
Improve my 70.3 times, improve my bike speed and not get hit by a truck.

Favorite quote:
“A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”

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Alexandra Irady

Best race experience: 2012 IronMan 70.3 Branson
Ironman Branson for me was undoable. The bike course is somewhat unique , it was like riding in a rolling coaster .My official bike time was 4:05 .Just for comparison, when I would ride 56 miles on more “normal” course with a few rolling hills I average about 17-18mph and I can finish the course under 3:30 hours. This bike course was crazy-hard! ,conquered it meant a lot of to me. It was about persevering, facing fear and running the race set before us! Thanks to my coaches for guide me and gave me the confidence that everything is possible if you put the work and heart into it :)

My 2013 race goal:
2013 IronMan Texas…..I signed up to do my hardest thing , physically, mentally, socially and spiritually in my life..Stay tuned…. it will be fun!

Favorite quote:
“Slow down if you must, but NEVER, NEVER give up!”

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Miguel Lopez

Best race experience:
My best race experience was Ironman Galveston 2012. It was my first half ironman distance let alone my first triathlon! There was a large degree of uncertainty but with the help of Trimac I was able to accomplish my goal.

My 2013 race goal:
My goal for 2013 is to increase my level of competition and fitness.

Favorite quote:
“Hello! Te voy quitar tu panza! Muevete!”

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Michelle Brown Holmes

Best race experience:
2012 Ironman 70.3 Austin – my first half ironman where I proved that I could do the long distance races and surpassed all my expectations with a huge smile on my face the whole time!

My 2013 race goal:
Complete two Half Ironman Distance races, Run my second full marathon for my OWN time, Improve my swim and bike efficiency and speed!

Favorite quote:
My running mantra at the end of a race: “Look Strong, Feel Strong, BE strong!”

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Samantha Darr Rankin

Best race experience:
Crossing the finish line at my first Half Ironman in 2006 with all of my dearest friends cheering me on. It was the biggest challenge I’d taken up to that point in my racing career. The feeling was euphoric and powerfully inspiring.

My 2013 race goal:
First and most important goal: Find a way to balance a my business life with training and race goals. Secondly, enjoy crossing the finish line at the Florida Ironman

Favorite quote:
“If plan A doesn’t work, remember there are 25 more letters.”

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Katie Fitch

Best race experience:
Finishing the 2011 Dallas Marathon in 40 degrees and rainy weather and still qualifying for the Boston Marathon!

My 2013 race goal:
Run the Boston Marathon; PR in the Olympic and Half Ironman distance; work hard and have a ton of fun!

Favorite quote:
“To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows.” -Jean Anouilh
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” -Martin Luther King Jr

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Jay Leibfarth

Occupation:
Division Sales Manager at Republic National Distributing Company

Best race experience:
My best race moment in 2012 was crossing the finish line at TriRock Austin knowing that in the six months since my first race I had shaved an hour off of my Olympic distance time.

My 2013 race goal:
In 2013 I want to finish Escape from Alcataz (March) feeling good about my swim, set a 70.3 distance PR in Galveston (April), and break 90 minutes in a half marathon.

Favorite quote:
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

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Marcus Gary

Best race experience:
Finishing my first tri last year

2013 goal:
Move up to Olympic distance

Favorite quote:
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

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Rosanna Centanaro

Best race experience:
Crossing the finish line at Oilman 70.3 in Nov. 2012

My 2013 race goal:
Survive the IM 70.3 in Galveston, reduce my times in all the 3 sports

Favorite quote:
“Puede que no sea la mejor … PERO NO VOY A DEJAR DE INTENTAR SERLO.”

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Todd Rankin

Best race experience:
My best race experience has to be IMAZ. I remember passing the 60 mile mark on the bike and thinking to myself, “Finally, half way done with this ride!”. Then I realized we were only racing 112 miles not 120! I had to laugh at myself for the next 10 miles at least.

My 2013 race goal:
My 2013 race goals are to complete my 70.3 races with a solid constant run pace rather then walking a lot of it.

Favorite quote:
“If you think you are going too fast, you probably are… just wait…” -Coach Franz

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Karen Campbell

Best race experience:
Galveston 70.3. It was awesome to go through training and race day with my friends, most who were doing their first half ironman too. Plus all the love and support on the course, I never went more than 5 mins without seeing a teammate racing or cheering on the side.

My 2013 race goal:
PR Galveston. Improve my bike (especially riding on hills). Work on my mental game/toughness

Favorite quote:
” But if you never try you’ll never know” -Coldplay

” This is it. Don’t get scared now.” -Home Alone

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Malcolm Holmes

Best race experience:
Finishing my first Half Ironman in Austin and then seeing Michelle in tears of happiness when crossing the line after me! It was an incredible high!

2013 goal:
Hopefully complete two Half Ironman races if time permits

Favorite quote:
“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” – Ferdinand Foch

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Carla Veach

Best race experience:
Telfair (c-different) sprint triathlon; took 1st in age group and Holiday half marathon took 1st in age group with time of 1:35.

My 2013 race goal:
To finish my first full Ironman, IMTX!!

Favorite quote:
“Never, Never, Never Quit” – Winston Churchill

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Jenny Malone Hoskovec

Occupation:
Director, Prenatal Genetic Counseling Services at University of Texas Health Science Center

Best race experience:
Finishing my first 70.3! Seeing my family and my teammates there to share in that accomplishment was just amazing.

My 2013 race goal:
Finishing my first 70.3! Seeing my family and my teammates there to share in that accomplishment was just amazing.

Favorite quote:
“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it” — George Halas (founder of the Chicago Bears)

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Adam Zavala

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Best race experience:
My best race experience would have to be……hmm well this is a hard one…… Umm I’d have to say it is either nationals (Vermont 2012) because of the whole atmosphere of the town and all the participants!
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Du The Polar Bear because the course causes quite the adrenaline rush when you see how close your competition is!

2013 goal:
Quite simply I have 3 goals:
1) Remain injury free.
2) Complete my first Olympic distance race
3) Place top 5 at nationals

Favorite quote:
“never, never, never give up” -Winston Churchill
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle
“real champs are those who push their physiques to the limit and accept nothing but the best from themselves” -unknown

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Garrick Malone

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Best Race experience:

Branson 70.3 – The torrential rains stopped, the course was breathtaking, the race was fast, and the TriMAC team support was unbeatable.

Your 2012 goal?

PR in all Olympic & Half Ironman, complete my first full Ironman, and have a good race at the World Championships.

Favorite quote:

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

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Cindy Bahena

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Occupation:

Student at the University of Houston studying Finance and Marketing

Best race experience:

Galveston 70.3, there were so many spectators, family and friends cheering so it was more like a party!

My 2013 race goal:

Finish IMTX Strong

Favorite Qoute:

“Keep TRI-ing”

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Michael James Hey

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Occupation?

Reservoir Engineering Manager, BP Exploration.

Your best Race experience?

Crossing the finish line of my first Ironman with my father running by my side.

Your 2012 goal?

Raise funds for charity and set a new PR at Ironman Texas.

Your favorite quote?

Carpe Diem = Latin for “Seize the Day”

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Annette Colgan

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Occupation?

I stay at home and manage my family.  It’s a full contact job!

Your best Race experience?

Clear Lake Olympic 2011 – it just was a good fun race, not the best run but the swim and bike felt great.  Awesome and amazing team support!!!

Your 2012 goal?

I want to continue to improve; but mostly to enjoy the training and the racing.

Your favorite quote?

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.”  John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)

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Fred Morales

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Occupation:

Management Consulting (It is a fascinating and rewarding career)

Best race experience:

Sylvan Beach Duathlon. It is the longest Dua in the local circuit and it takes place in the middle of the summer. It was my first race in 2010 and the worse at the time, I came in last place in my AG. I raced it again in 2011 (Needed to redeem myself) I got 2nd in my AG and 5th overall, only 9 seconds behind the first place. I did it again in 2012 with some of my friends and teammates, even though it wasn’t my PR I still managed to get 1st in my AG. Intense, fun race!

My 2013 race goal:

Stay injury-free and complete my first Ironman

Favorite quote:

We are here only once.

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Tamara Patiño

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Occupation?

Homemaker=doctor, nurse, police, teacher, judge, lawyer, cleaner, veterinarian, accountant, gardener, mechanic…but no salary and no benefits.

Best Race experience:

My first 70.3, IM 70.3 Puerto Rico and cheering for Team TriMAC at IM 70.3 Branson 2011

My 2013 race goal:
Have FUN

Favorite quote:
“Pa’ que? para que se me quite?” -Juan C Patino

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Chris Hoover

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Best race experience:

Either my first race which was a duathlon I felt so good for getting podium I went out afterwards and did a bike ride.

My 2013 race goal:

To hit 2:20 or below for olympic distance triathlon

Favorite quote:

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them” – Bruce Lee

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Kendra Garroutte

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Occupation?

Schlumberger Software Account Manager

Your best Race experience?

Branson 70.3, Sept. 2011.  Despite having one 70.3 under my belt, the hills of the Ozarks were terrifying!  This ended up being my best, and most memorable race to date.  I loved being a part of team TriMAC and having my family there to support me.

Your 2012 goal?

Finish IM Texas with a smile.

Your favorite quote?

“get busy living, or get busy dying” ~ Red in Shawshank Redemption

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Oscar Moran

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Occupation?

Sales Manager – N. Latin America & The Caribbean

Your best Race experience?

Branson 70.3. I had a great time with my teammates. Travel logistics and team support were awesome!. The most challenging bike course ever! Even though, I believe it was my best performance in a 70.3 race.

Your 2012 goal?

Podium finish in every sprint race! and PR in all 70.3 races.

Your favorite quote?

Let’s do this Oscar!!! (right before the start of each race)

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Lee Reforma

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Occupation:
Information Technology at Houston Community College

Best Race experience:
Ironman Arizona 2011. It was my first 140.6 mile Ironman race and I loved every minute of it!

My 2013 race goal:
Complete Ironman Florida

Your favorite quote:
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional”

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Juan Carlos Patiño

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Occupation?

Sales Manager. Involves lots of traveling, which means having to juggle travel, work, family and training at all times. That’s a lot of balls to keep in the air.

Your best Race experience?

Every time I get to race with my teammates is a great experience. We feed off of each other’s strengths and all end up pushing harder when we race together.

Your 2012 goal?

My goal for 2012 is to continue improving in all disciplines while staying injury free and, most importantly, finish each race with a big smile.

Your favorite quote?

“It’s all good that ends good”. As long as I feel good at the end of a race, the hard training, the suffering during the race, the finish time…it all don’t matter.