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NorthShore presents the next blog in our series where we follow Glen as he trains for the North Shore Triathlon. We are about one month out from his big event and we check in to get to know him better and see how Glen’s training is going.
Have you always lived in the Chicagoland area? If not, where did you grow up?
Yes, I grew up on the North Side near the Albany Park area then moved to Northbrook when I was 13 years old.
What is your age? Do you think it helps you with training?
I am 25 year old, turning 26 this year, and yes I believe it does. I have always tried to maintain an active lifestyle.
What is your home life like? Do you have a significant other? Kids?
My home life consists of trying to get myself to the gym, my academics, and eating right. I do have a significant other, but no children.
When you’re not training, what are you doing to keep the lights on – what’s your job?
When I am not training I am trying to eat right. The key word is "try." I work as a part-time nurse technician which pairs well with school.
How do you balance your responsibilities with training?
I always try to find time to work out. I have maintained an active lifestyle growing up, and when I find myself not being active for a couple of days I feel “off,” and will make it one of my priorities to get active.
You are a month out from your big event, how do you feel about it?
I am nervous because I haven't done a triathlon in many years, but I am also very excited!
How is training going? What does your schedule look like?
Training is going OK, I try to switch days of running, swimmingand biking but I definitely need to work more and harder.
How is managing your time and training schedule for the three different sports?
Managing my time and training schedule for the three different sports is challenging especially when I am exhausted after training for one and complementing it with another.
What has been your favorite part about training for the triathlon so far?
I particularly enjoy the various workouts I get to incorporate into my routine. In the past, I barely swam, but now that I basically have to, I enjoy getting in the water and swimming.
Training is tough, especially on top of a busy life and responsibilities. How do you push past the days that you don’t feel like training?
I push past it by telling myself over and over again that this is a competition and that others are training when I am not.
You previously told us that you were also training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Do you feel prepared for that?
Not at all, to be completely honest. I have trained for one in the past but that was when I was not in school and also not training for a triathlon, but I think this triathlon has helped me more than I thought it would. I am starting to ramp up my training so hopefully that goes well.
What are you most looking forward to after both the triathlon and marathon?
Several things but mainly finishing both competitions knowing that I gave it my all. However, since each event is in different geographical locations, as far as the triathlon goes I hope to indulge myself with a Bacon Loretta at Sarkis and for the marathon the thermal blanket and a cup of beer.