Adam Otstot – Health and Physical Education Curriculum Coordinator for Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools / Triathlon Coach/ Professional Triathlete
Welcome back, course record holder and returning champ, Pro Triathlete Adam Otstot from Williamsburg, VA, to the Luray Triathlon! Adam won 1st place overall in both the International and the Sprint Triathlon for the last 3 years. Adam will be racing both days of Luray Triathlon as part of the Hawksbill Double.
Interview with Adam Otstot
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I have a beautiful, supportive family (Tori, wife, Cassidy- age 5, Sawyer – age 9 months, Bentley K9 extraordinaire) and am thankful to be able to wake up and do what I love every day. Professionally I split my time between working as an administrator for my local school division, providing personal and group coaching to a fantastic group of athletes (many of whom are racing Luray!), and racing professionally on the circuit. This past spring I finished 2nd at Eagleman 70.3, 5th at Raleigh 70.3, and 3rd at the Chattanooga 70.3 where I set a new 70.3 personal record of 3:48:13. I’m looking to translate that new strength into a fast Ironman later this year.
Q: This will be your fourth year back, what brings you back to Luray?
A: The combination of Racine Multisports putting on a fantastic race experience in a beautiful venue. Having a pro race which generates a high level of competition helps, too!
Q: What keeps you inspired to continue to train for and participate in triathlons?
A: Training and staying in good shape is a lifestyle. As for racing, I know I haven’t seen the pinnacle of my personal performance yet, so I’m still getting out there and improving year after year.
Q: How has your lifestyle changed since you did your first triathlon?
A: Well, when I did my first triathlon, I was 23, single, and I couldn’t make it 100 yards in the pool without stopping for a break. Now I’m a bit older and more experienced and married with two wonderful children. My races put food on the table for them, so there’s a bit more motivation for me to perform.
Q: What are your goals for the Luray Triathlon?
A: I’m racing to defend my two titles from last year. It would be icing on the cake if I could also break 2 hours in the Olympic and 1:11:00 in the Sprint.
Q: What advice would you give any aspiring triathletes?
A: Understand that improvement in endurance sports takes time. Commit to this lifestyle, and it will pay you back 100 fold over the years. Keep a training journal and reflect on it periodically. Go into each race with the goal to make a new friend, regardless of what your performance goals are.
Q: What’s next for you after the Luray Triathlon?
A: I’ll be racing the Patriot’s Half in early September, followed by Augusta 70.3 and Ironman Louisville in mid October.
Good Luck, Adam, in Luray!
Luray Triathlon Race Director