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Rick Lapinski

Rick Lapinski
<p><b>Hometown:</b> Niles, IL</p> <p><b>Residence:</b> Westmont, IL</p> <p><b>Personal Blog:</b></p> <p><b>Twitter Account:</b>!/RLapinski</p> <p><b>Career Highlights:</b></p> <p>Ironman Arizona - 5th AG<br /> Ironman Kansas 70.3 - 2nd AG<br /> Lake Geneva Half Ironman - 1st Overall</p> <p><b>Personal Bio:</b></p> <p>I am a 29 year old special education teacher. This is my sixth season competing in triathlon. After playing collegiate soccer I swore that I would never run we can see that's changed! Triathlon is more than just a hobby, it's a lifestyle that I love to live every day!</p> <p><b>5 things we should know about you:</b></p> <p>I have two dogs,Winther and Roxy.<br /> I love naps.<br /> I would much rather spend 4 hours on my bike than on the golf course.<br /> Snow sports are awesome.<br /> I fall asleep during most movies.</p> <p><b>How did you first get into triathlons?</b></p> <p>I was sitting in my parents basement two years after graduating college when the Ironman World Championships came on tv. I remember telling my Dad that I was going to do that race some day. The next day I signed up for the Chicago Triathlon, I didn't know how to swim and only had a mountain bike from 8th grade. This October that statement will come true when I'm racing in Kona.</p> <p><b>What was the first race you ever participated in and what place did you finish?</b></p> <p>The "Just - Tri - It" Off-Road Triathlon in Manitowish Waters, WI. Overall I think I finished about 20th, and I was 4th in my AG. That was all it took!</p> <p><b>What is your favorite race?</b></p> <p>Ironman Wisconsin</p> <p><b>What is your favorite workout?</b></p> <p>Long ride/run brick. There is nothing like hammering out 100ish miles followed up with a run.</p> <p><b>What are your favorite Zoot products and why?</b></p> <p>The Ultra TT 4.0. I run in these shoes nearly every day, they are by far the most comfortable shoe I have ever run in. On days when I don't run in them I often wonder what I was thinking when I got dressed.</p> <p><b>What is your proudest accomplishment?</b></p> <p>Qualifying for Kona</p> <p><b>What motivates you?</b></p> <p>Knowing that I'm putting in work when others might not be.</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race meal?</b></p> <p>Steelcut Oats, Banana, GU Brew</p> <p><b>What is your pre-race ritual?</b></p> <p>Listening to my i-Pod.</p> <p><b>What is in your triathlon bag that you cannot live without?</b></p> <p>Nothing...I think less is more.</p> <p><b>What are your goals for the 2011 season?</b></p> <p>Get stronger in all three sports and to put together a solid marathon in an Ironman.</p> <p><b>Events you are racing in this season:</b></p> <p>Ford Ironman World Championship (October 8)</p> <p>Pigman Half Ironman 8/21/2011</p>

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