Brett Blankner

Personal Information:

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

My favorite sport is actually tubing down a river.

What is an accomplishment that makes you proud?

First Texan to swim lengthwise (22 mi.) across Lake Tahoe. That was crazy!

What motivates/inspires you?

Figuring out the riddle of how to be great at endurance sports so I can share the secrets with everybody. If we can make it simple, everybody can do it!

What is your personal mantra?

Take the pain up to an 8 out of 10 and keep it there. 10 out of 10 when you see the finish line.

What person has most shaped your life, why?

My mom. She was a natural athlete, eats healthy, and sticks to her guns.

Where are the best places to follow you online?

Twitter: @ZenTriathlon

What is your favorite Amrita Bar?

Pineapple Chia

What is your day job?

I work in IT and GIS systems.

What is your location?


Are you plant-based, why or why not?

Mostly. Veggies keep you skinny and make you strong!

Athletic Information:

What sport do you compete in?

Triathlon, ultrarunning and marathon swimming

 How did you get started in your sport?

Surfing became too far away, so started triathlons to stay in shape.

Why did you continue with your sport?

I love the challenge of something nearly impossible.

How did you get into teaching/training others? 

With my podcast (Zen and the Art of Triathlon), people started asking me to coach them. So now I do!

What is your favorite workout, why?

Butterfly. I can do it all day long until it burns real nice-like.

What affect has Amrita had on your training?

I love that I can relax and trust that I’m eating something healthy. The bars are so simple and good. I find that I have more energy before and during workouts.

What is your favorite race, why?

S.O.S. Triathlon in NY. It’s seven stages and finishes on a mountain top with an incredible view. It is absolutely outrageous and beautiful at the same time.

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

Heavy metal music.

What gets you most excited to compete?

More heavy metal music played even louder.

What gives you an advantage over your competition?

Listening to a lot of heavy metal music allows me to get focused and uncover some feelings I’m willing to use as fuel.

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

Older, successful pros are the best source. They’ve seen and tried it all and will tell you what’s for real and whats just a gimmick.

What are your goals for 2015?

In no particular order:
1) Qualify for Kona
2) Get equal representation for Women pros at Kona
3) Have tons of fun
4) Complete an Ultraman

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

Ironman Texas
Ultrababy (A self-supported Ultraman distance triathlon) –

 Advice to others:

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

Ask yourself if your fear or hesitation is a result of something you know will happen. If the fear is only partially true or unfounded, take action immediately to overcome it. Don’t let something that hasn’t happened or maybe never will have control over you.

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

Take your time and layer on the fitness and strength, a solid foundation is necessary. When one floor is done, build the next.