My guest on the show today is a guy that is pretty much all in on all things endurance.
He has competed in events that I didn’t even know existed.
I am looking forward to going a few easy miles with Nate Loman and learning a thing or two.
Nate was first introduced to running as a way to stay conditioned for soccer.
It only took one season with the cross country team to know that he had found his niche.
Nate spent the duration of his high school career competing in track and cross country.
He chose not to compete in college for fear of getting burnt out and losing his love for the sport.
A drastically different sport became Nate’s focus for the majority of his 20’s.
He competed in powerlifting competitions and in the process gained 60 pounds.
Shortly before Nate turned 30 he reverted back to his first love- running.
The decision to quit powerlifting was due to a traumatic life event along with the wear and tear his body was experiencing.
Race To Train
Nate splits his running time between the road and the trails.
In 2007 he qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon.
He has an uncommon philosophy when it comes to training.
Nate doesn’t train to race rather he races to train.
His race calendar in a typical year is filled with anywhere from 30-40 events.
This amount of events doesn’t leave time for tapering or structured training.
His hard efforts are typically done during races and his goal during the year is to stay in good enough shape to compete in any event he chooses.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
Nate is a self-described, “Jack of many trades.”
His first experience competing in an event that included more then one sport was a duathlon.
From that first duathlon, Nate has gone on to compete in various multi-sport events.
The variety offered from these events provides Nate many opportunities including:
- The ability to meet different communities.
- Providing multiple outlets for his interests.
- Strengthening his body as a whole and preventing overuse injuries.
- Building his cardio engine and base from many different angles.
- Doing a variety of activities may contribute to sustaining his longevity as an athlete.
Nate’s natural athleticism and hard work have consistently placed him among the top at most local and regional events.
His success has allowed him to compete in multiple National Championship events over the years.
Nate enjoys getting the opportunity to compete against the best in the nation and each time he is humbled by all the talent surrounding him.
Nate recently happened upon Ignite SwimRun events.
It is rare that he finds an event he hasn’t participated in and this new challenge excited him.
Participants complete numerous swim and run legs ending at the finish line.
The athletes can either compete individually or as a two-person team that is not a relay.
Each race is unique and offers different challenges.
One challenge that remains the same in all the races is the rule that athletes must swim in their shoes and run in their wetsuit.
Currently, SwimRun events are offered in Maryland, Knoxville, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
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