Three Grandville Dads Take on the GR Tri to Support the Legacy of GHS Student Ryan Fischer

Scott, Brian, & Josh Scott Farney, Brian Groendyk, & Josh Brinks are three ordinary dads from Grandville, MI. By day they’re an engineer, a nurse practitioner, and a sales manager on top of being husbands, fathers, and active in their churches. But in their spare time they’re training to be part of a special relay team that will compete in this year’s Grand Rapids Triathlon. Their goal in competing on the Olympic Distance course isn’t just for personal achievement, they’re trying to help the legacy of the late Grandville High School student Ryan Fischer live on. Ryan Fischer was an … Read More

Interview with Michael Lindley, Triathlete & Senior VP of Marketing for Huntington Bank

Michael Lindley, Senior Vice President of Regional Marketing for Huntington Bank, was not a triathlete until Huntington Bank came on as a title sponsor for the Grand Rapids Triathlon the first year. Like most of us who have become triathletes all it took was a little peer pressure and he was hooked. Since then his triathlete career has really taken off and now he has hopes of using this year’s Long Course National Championship at the Grand Rapids Triathlon to qualify for Worlds in Sweden in 2015. Check out his story. Q: How did you get started in triathlons? When … Read More

Advice for Handling the Fourth Discipline of a Tri – Transition

Joe Deja shares some words of wisdom for effective and efficient ways of getting through transition during a triathlon. These come from his personal experiences and experiences as an observer. Less is better! Some races are different than others as far as how much is even allowed into transition. I’ve seen people bring in enough gear for an all-day outing, including coolers, buckets to wash their feet, 4 different size towels, pumps, large duffels, picnic lunches, etc. If race directors even allow that stuff, most of it is unnecessary and will get in the way of the individual racing and … Read More

Interview with Dave Bishop, a Triathlete Coming Back from Serious Injury.

David Bishop a 68 year old resident of Schoolcraft, MI has been a triathlete for close to 25 years.  His amazing wife has supported him through the highs and lows of his triathlon career. He describes what it’s like to feel like at the top of your game and what it’s like to come back from devastating injuries.  Find out about Dave’s goal to qualify for Long Course Worlds in Sweden in 2015 and his experience with being there in the past. Q: How did you get started in triathlons?A friend of mine, Terry Hutchins, got me involved in multi-sport … Read More

Interview with Amway Employee & GR Tri 1/2 Iron Athlete, Joe Legatz

Joe Legatz is a Lead Instructional Design Consultant working in the Training & Education department at Amway North America. He has worked there since 2009, but in his spare time he trains as a half iron triathlete and enjoys playing soccer. Brand new to the triathlon world just last fall, Joe is competing in the 2014 Grand Rapids Triathlon and plans to do his first full triathlon at this year’s MI Titanium on August 24th. Q: How did you get started in triathlons? My first official triathlon was the 2013 Michigan Titanium half distance. Before that, I had done several … Read More

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