Triathlete Profile: Brendan Dooley

Understanding how to balance life with triathlon training, family and job responsibilities is the key to being successful in your triathlon journey. Read the profile below to see how he does it!

Meet Brendan:


  • How long did you train to get ready for this triathlon?I trained about 9 months bike, 3 months swim and 2 months running.
  • How do you balance workouts with family/job responsibilities?I work from home and would do workouts early mornings and at lunchtime.
  • What inspired you to try a triathlon?To lose weight.
  • What do you think the easiest part of the triathlon will be?Biking
  • What do you think the hardest part of the triathlon will be?Running.
  • Will you do another triathlon after this?I hope so.


  • How does your pre-triathlon vision compare with what the actual event?The actual event was over so quick and I was ready to do more.
  • What was your favorite part of your first triathlon?People watching, and finishing!
  • What was the most challenging part of your first triathlon?The open-water swim, because it was so different from pool training.
  • What advice would you give a newbie now that you’ve completed your first triathlon?Add open-water swimming to your training schedule.
  • How did you celebrate your finish?Hugs … and later beer, pizza and wings. But not too much..
  • What’s next for you?

    A half-ironman. The best part of training and doing this so far has been weight loss. I’ve lost 32 pounds in training and eating better; I hope to lose another 30 training for a 70.3 race in 2013. (I actually have a 1/2 marathon scheduled in October to keep me on task too).

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Swim: – Get the low-down on gear, workouts and read tips for training and events.

Bike: – Learn how to structure bike workouts, find safety tips and read recommendations on great bike gear.

Run: – Get the ultimate skinny on running sneakers, running gear, safety tips and much more.

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