Triathlete Profile: Tripp Norton

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Meet Tripp:

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  1. How long have you been doing triathlons?
    I have been doing triathlons as a competitor for 5 years and have been coaching triathletes through Endure 3 Sports for two years. I personally compete in any multisport event ranging from Sprint distance to Half Ironman triathlons.

  2. How do you balance workouts with family/job responsibilities?
    It is hard. I fit in workouts when ever and where ever I can. I workout over lunch almost every day during the week and at night after the family goes to bed. On the weekends, I try to get out very early in the morning so that even on a long training day I am back at the house spending time with the family by 11:00 am.

  3. Do you have a favorite triathlon moment?
    There are so many. I have found that there are so many small milestones that I am always having a “new” favorite moment. I guess if I had to pick one it would be completing the first one I ever did.

  4. What is the best advice you can give a newbie?
    Have fun! If it is not fun then stop, there is too much training involved for you not to be enjoying it. Now, I will say not all of it is fun, especially when you are suffering through a hard workout but overall it should be a very liberating and enjoyable experience

  5. What is your favorite workout?
    Long Brick workout, long ride followed by a run. I like this workout because I feel this is a good test of where I am at with my training. I try to do this workout at least once per week.t

  6. What’s next for you?
    I have a few races line up for this year. Many of them are training races in preparation for Ironman 70.3 Augusta. Besides that I will be busy trying to promote my coaching business Endure 3 Sports and the sport of triathlon. Anyone who mentions this interview will receive 10% off any coaching package. Email coaching packages are not listed on the website so please contact me directly at if you are interested.

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  1. How does your pre-triathlon vision compare with what the actual event?
    I was expecting I’d enjoy it once I made through the finish, that I would be too worried about just finishing, but I enjoyed the entire experience. I fully enjoyed the challenges, the nerves and excitement, the workout and the fact that I was in the middle of accomplishing something that most people I know would not be able to do.

  2. What was your favorite part of your first triathlon?
    The entire experience from beginning to end, being involved in something that took a lot of hard work to prepare for and to challenge myself through each phase was exciting and exhilirating and fulfilling. The pre-race jitters, the first stroke in the water, coming out of the water to head to the transition, riding up the hill to begin the bike run, having someone hand me a drink as I passed by, the spectator’s that cheered me on even though they were total strangers, moments that I felt winded and I pushed the thought aside and pushed to take the next step a little faster instead of slowing down, the accomplishment of passing someone and the admiration of another who passed me, the fellow racers who uttered words of encouragement as we rounded the last curve to final stretch to the finish and finally hitting the finish line with full stride knowing I did it.

  3. What was the most challenging part of your first triathlon?
    Without a doubt the transitions are tough. Thanks to the advice I found through this website I was far more prepared than I could expect, but it takes getting accustomed to doing.

  4. What advice would you give a newbie now that you’ve completed your first triathlon?
    Pick an event and target that date, sign up and do it. I had doubts early on and even when I sent my email in to get some advice because I didn’t think I was ready for the swim. I made my choice to do it and I didn’t let doubt get in my way.

  5. What’s next for you?
    I will do two more the same triathlon event that I started with and found an event in Newport, RI (about 2 hrs from here) for the Amica 19.7 event. I want to do a triathlon with more traditional style to do road bike and road run. Before my first event, I was struggling with the 1/4 mile swim, but I now can do the 1/2 mile swim at a faster pace than my first 1/4 mile swim so I’m ready. I plan to work up to the Olympic distance triathlon by next year. I have definitely found an excellent new passion to continue train and compete in triathlons.

Interested in telling readers how YOU balance YOUR life with triathlons? Email us with the subject line “Triathlete Profile” and let us know! We would love to hear from newbies as well as seasoned veterans. Your words just might inspire someone to get off the couch and to the starting line!

read1 Recommended Resources:


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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