Free samples, free food, free "secret" tips from Pro triathlete Dirk Bockel (4th at the 2011 Ironman World Championship), free fun and the kick off to the Trek Nationwide Trek Sale! (April 12-16).
Dirk lives in St. Augustine when he and his wife are not traveling the world as he trains and races as a professional athlete. Dirk is a respectable, down-to-earth guy who is honest, funny and incredibly talented. Dirk answered lots of questions, from everything to his race tactics at the Ironman World Championships, his plan of action (and thoughts) of Lance Armstrong racing as a professional triathlete in 70.3 and Ironman distances, his structure with training, his typical pre race foods and the biggest take-home message....the best advice he was ever given....
(to the best of my memory as stated by Dirk)
"Always have fun. If I was just in it for the money, I wouldn't last long in this sport. This is my profession but I turned my hobby into a job. I still struggle with motivation and getting out the door sometimes, just like everyone else. That is why I find it important to train with others and to change up the routine like traveling or going to training camps. I can train at 9am but for most people, this is your hobby. You get up at 4:30, work 8 or 10 hours a day and still squeeze in another workout and time with family. You have to always have fun."
Totally agree, Dirk! Focus on the now, don't compare yourself to what you were in years past or how you use to train. Make the most of your life now, find the balance and the fun will come and drive you to reach your goals.
Karel stayed busy in the late afternoon, prior to the event, as he has a new job....
....make sure Dirk's bike is always safe and tuned-up when he is in Jacksonville and of course, race-ready when he is about leave for a race. Just like many of you all, Dirk may likely need Karel's number on speed-dial as we all love our bike mechanics, especially for a last-minute question or tune-up.
Although I may be a bit biased, Dirk picked the BEST bike mechanic in Florida to work on this bike!
No pressure, Karel!