I was always a sporty guy. Since I was born I played soccer, the most popular sport in Europe. Then, in my late teenage years I started to train martial arts, mostly influenced by the Bruce Lee movies, and continued doing so for about 10 years. When I turned 24, I came to the US and fell in love with body building. Around that time, I started to pay attention to good nutrition and healthy eating habits.
A few years ago, my wife ran her first full marathon. I was extremely happy for her but also full of envy. I really wanted to have a taste of what she accomplished and signed up for my first sprint triathlon. I signed up for my first Nautica Malibu Triathlon and started training. I was a total newbie but absolutely ready for the challenge. My first race was tough but I managed to finish in the first 20% of participants. I was ecstatic! I fell in love with competing and never looked back.
Next year, I aimed at the longer Olympic distance at the Natutica Malibu Triathlon. It took me about a year to complete fairly good tri equipment, educate myself about the sport, and master my food intake for weight loss and the optimum energy. My efforts paid off. I did pretty good and placed in the first 20%, once more. From there, my path was clear. I decided to aim higher, again, and I signed up for Ironman 70.3 in Honu Hawaii. With help of tri couches, I continued to work on my speed and techniques. I was in the zone and so ready to conquer Hawaii! Unfortunately, my wings were cut short. One day, when training on the bike, I was hit by a car and broke my collar bone. My dream was shattered. I was devastated… I did go to Hawaii that year, but as a spectator. It was an emotional and extremely inspiring experience. I knew that I have to be back to join the athletes.
After I fully recovered from the accident, I continued to challenge myself in triathlons. I also started to race in half marathons, each one running faster than the previous one. Over the years, beside the several Olympic distance triathlons, I competed in several 70.3 Ironman finishing best 13 place and 70.3 HITTS races, as well as 70.3 Wildflower that proved to be the toughest half triathlon, so far. Then, it was time for the ultimate challenge. This year, I completed my first full Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 12 hours. Next year, beside Ironman 70.3 Honu in Hawaii and Ironman 70.3 Silverman and full Ironman Arizona that I already signed up for I’m also considering Ironman Boulder and running the Los Angeles marathon.