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Brian Schwind

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Personal Information:

What is something most people don’t know, or would be surprised to learn, about you?

I had weighed 240 lbs at one time.

What is an accomplishment that makes you proud?

Finishing my first Ironman in under 13 hours.

What motivates/inspires you?

When I’m told I cannot do something or I watch someone else accomplish something seemingly impossible.

What is your personal mantra?

There are no limits. You can do anything you put your mind to.

What person has most shaped your life, why?

My Grandfather. He was always a fun and happy person. He suffered a couple heart attacks in his 50’s, but quit smoking and changed his diet to improve his health. He went on to live into his 90’s, he was the type of person that never gave up and always had a smile on his face.

Where are the best places to follow you online?

Twitter: @bri_tri2

What is your favorite Amrita Bar?

I’m stuck between Mango Coconut, Pineapple Chia, and Chocolate Maca.

What is your day job?

IT Professional

What is your location?

Allentown, PA

Are you plant-based, why or why not?

I have been plant-based since June 2012. I switched to this way of eating in an effort to lower my cholesterol, weight and maintain health as I enter middle age. I was influenced by reading about Rip Essylston, Brendan Brazier and Rich Roll. I also found that after doing it for 30 days I felt amazing and my recovery time diminished…I have been rolling with it ever since. Recently, I have also been further motivated by the horrid conditions of the food industry, factory farming and the effects on the environment.

Athletic Information:

What sport do you compete in?

Triathlon, Running, Skate-skiing

How did you get started in your sport?

I always loved watching Ironman competitions as a kid on TV, but never thought I could do that. My wife completed a duathlon which inspired me to start running and eventually do that same race. I didn’t want to run twice, was interested in triathlon, but wasn’t an adequate swimmer. I started taking swimming lessons and did my first sprint tri a year later. I progressed to a longer distance every year with the goal of completing Ironman Lake Placid, which I have done twice now.

Why did you continue with your sport?

I love training and being healthy. I also love the diversity of sports and not doing the same thing all the time. Triathlon is a way of life and it has a great influence on everything I do.Good to go!-Ironman 70.3 Timberman 2014

What is your favorite workout, why?

A long(4-6 hour) Saturday bike ride. I live near beautiful Amish farmlands in Pennsylvania and I love getting out to those less traveled roads and seeing the countryside.

What affect has Amrita had on your training?

Amrita bars are the cornerstone of my Ironman nutrition plan. I originally started out with sugary gels and goos, but after suffering from severe rot-gut during the run and post-race I knew I needed something else. I read about the success of cycling teams eating real food during Tour de France races and decided to change my tactics. Ever since I made the change to Amrita, I haven’t had anymore stomach issues.

What is your favorite race, why?

Ironman Lake Placid. My wife and I have been going to Lake Placid for years to go skate-skiing and we love the area. When I decided to do an Ironman, there was no doubt that Lake Placid was where I wanted it to be. I love the outdoor culture and the beauty of the area.

What is your pre-race / warm-up routine?

I don’t really have one, I’m really easy going on race day. I just like to set up my transition area, pre-swim eat an Amrita bar and hydrate, and have some time to just chill with my wife before I start.

What gets you most excited to compete?

Being in shape and just having fun our there enjoying the ability to compete at that level.

What gives you an advantage over your competition?

I am really my only competition, so I know the competition pretty well. I know my strengths and weaknesses and try to improve the latter every season.

What are some resources you use for information on training, diet, etc?

Zentri, Endurance Planet ATC, and Rich Roll podcasts.
Training Peaks blog and Joe Friel books.
Triathlete magazine.
My coach at

What are your goals for 2015?

Sub-12 hour Ironman.
– 1:15 swim
– 6:00 bike
– 4:10 run

What are the most important races you have scheduled for 2015?

Ironman Coeur d’Alene – June 28th
St. Lukes Half Marathon – April 26th

Advice to others:

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given – and would be eager to pass along to others?

Consistent training and proper nutrition are key for success.

What tip(s) do you have for new athletes?

Enjoy the journey and have fun!

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