April 30, 2010 on 8:50 am | In Sponsorship | 6 Comments
Drew Maddy is new to the TriSports.com Team this year, and at age 14 he is the youngest athlete we have ever sponsored. Last weekend Drew and his father headed down to St. Petersburg, Florida to compete in the St. Anthony’s Meek and Mighty Triathlon. “I got out of the water fast and ran to the transition area, excited about riding my new bike. The bike race was short and hard because it was very windy, had lots of turns and some parts were cobblestone. I came into the transition and took off for the run at a very quick pace; it was the fastest I have ever taken off after the bike. The run was on the road and then along the beach until the finish line.” With nearly 500 triathletes under the age of 14, this was Drew’s largest race to date. Drew didn’t let the large field intimidate him and he finished 3rd overall. Congratulations Drew on a great race!
How long have you been racing?
This is my third season. I started when I was 11 years old.
What is your favorite part of the race?
When the race is over. It’s a great feeling to know I have just finished something at my hardest effort.
There aren’t a lot of young triathletes out there, who do you train with?
I train daily with the Sarasota Sharks YMCA club swimming team. I bike with my dad and two of his friends, we call ourselves the Maddog Mashers. I just finished running in eight high school track meets to improve my running. (Below: Drew with the Maddog Mashers)
Where are your favorite places to swim, bike, run?
Swim: Anywhere there is water.
Bike: The Withlacoochee Trail: a rails to trails path in central Florida. It is a 92 mile loop.
Run: Robinson Preserve: a coastal nature preserve starting next to our backyard.
What do your friends think about you being a triathlete?
They don’t really know or understand how hard it really is.
If you could train with any athlete (dead or alive) for one day, who would it be?
Steve Prefontaine. He said he was not the best athlete but that he could suffer more than others.
Do you have any pre-race rituals?
Having bagels with my dad at 5:00 am before we leave to go to our race for the day.
What is your favorite race and why?
Baldwin Park Tri by Buttar.com in Orlando, Florida. It is a race around a big lake that you circle five times on the bike and one time on the run. There are always people around to pass up.
When you aren’t training what do you like to do?
Play Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox Live.