Welcome Pro Triathlete Colin Riley to the 2016 Luray Triathlon. Colin, a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, and Triathlon Coach (and professional triathlete!) from Cincinnati, OH, will race in the Luray Triathlon for the first time. He will race the Luray International Triathlon on Saturday, Aug 20 and then race the Luray Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, Aug 21. Colin will join a talented field of both elite and amateur athletes who will be competing for part of the $5,000 cash prize purse.
Interview with Colin Riley
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I am a first year pro triathlete but have been racing triathlons since 2005 when I did my first triathlon while in high school and training for cross-country. In addition to racing as a pro triathlete, I also guide and race with visually impaired world champion triathlete Aaron Scheidies. Outside of triathlons, I am a dietitian/nutritionist and personal trainer at the University of Cincinnati and also enjoy coaching other triathletes towards reaching their goals.
Q: What keeps you inspired to continue to train for and participate in triathlons?
A: I enjoy the process of training and pushing my body to new limits. I have been able to continue to get faster every year I’ve raced, and seeing other pro triathletes that are nearly 40 years old excel at the highest level of the sport is inspiring and motivating to continue to train to see what I’m capable of. At the end of the day, I love to toe the line and race and see how fast I can go!
Q: How has your lifestyle changed since you did your first triathlon?
A: Triathlon has definitely become a big part of my lifestyle and I wouldn’t have it any other way! For the most part, I train year round, minus a short 2-3 week break after my last race of the year. My training this year as a pro hasn’t changed all that much from what I have done the last several years as I continue to balance my training and racing with my job.
Q: What are your goals for the Luray Triathlon?
A: I hope to be in the mix with the other pros vying for the overall win at both races. With that said, you can’t control who else shows up to a race and what they are capable of, so I’ll be happy if I put together two good races and know I gave it 100%.
Q: What advice would you give any aspiring triathletes?
A: If you don’t have much of a swim background (as it seems many new triathletes don’t), join a master’s swim team that offers some help with proper freestyle stroke technique. If you’re really not sure where to begin, have plateaued, or have a specific goal in mind, consider getting a coach to help you get where you want to go!
Q: What’s next for you for triathlon?
A: I’m planning to race the Rev3 Cedar Point Sprint Pro race and most likely Miami 70.3 in October.