The Fab Five

MIKE TARROLLY

The day I met Tarrolly was the day I was born.  (Well, maybe 9 months or so before that in the backseat of a 57 Chevy, but I’m not here to argue conception).  It was a great day because, well, I was given the opportunity to meander through life until I decided at age 48 I would do an Ironman.  This is the craziest and most encompassing commitment I’ve ever made and I’m not sure if I realize what I’ve gotten myself into.  Without a doubt, the best part is having a group of guys around the same skill level chasing the same prize.  If it weren’t for one of them, Jim Schwan, I wouldn’t be writing this post right now.  The other key ingredient is the East Nasty Running Club, which has given me structure, great people/support, and energy to keep pushing my limits.  Here is a brief summary of me and the things I enjoy.

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1.  Where are you from?  Beloit, Wisconsin
2.  What are your favorite running shoes? Pearl Izumi
3.  What kind of bike do you ride?  Trek Concept 2, Gary Fisher MB
4.  What’s your age group for Ironman Wisconsin?  Over 49
5.  What’s your go-to workout meal?  Fish, pasta, green veggies
6.  Favorite beer? Guinness
7.  What was your favorite race to date?  Ironman Wisconsin
8.  What are you most looking forward to on this journey?  To see how far my body and mind will go.  The shot of the cannon.
9.  What are you least looking forward to?  Being patient with training.
10.  What is your strongest discipline?  The Bike
11.  How would you respond to the criticism that endurance athletes are self-centered because they spend so much time training?  I think there’s always enough time to do the things you want.  All else is an excuse.  Would it be better if I spent 3 hours on the bike or the couch?
12.  What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?  Laid-back, competitive, optimistic
13.  Aside from triathlons and working out, what is your favorite hobby?  Writing and video
14.  If you could go anywhere in the world, where?  And why? The UK or Austria.  Would be cool to hang out with my people.
15.  Favorite Nashville Restaurant? Margo
16.  Favorite sport other than endurance? To play: Baseball Watch: Badger Hoops
17.  Favorite band? U2
18.  Which Fab 5 member will cross the finish line first? Jim Schwan
19.  How do you think doing this Ironman will change you?  It changed my life the moment I signed up.  It forces me to be more selective and pursue things I find important.
20.  Are you racing for anyone?  Tim mike

DANIEL HUDGINS

If you want to be around inspiring people, look no further.  The first time I really talked with Daniel was while watching Ironman Louisville and he was recovering from a major bike accident.  He was all laughs and smiles even though his shoulder was completely jacked and he was a mere month out from doing Augusta Half Ironman (which he crushed).  When not swimming, biking, or running, Daniel is a high tech insider for a local computer company and often in charge of timing local races.  Learn more about him at his blog, @djneighbor or below with 20 Questions:388242_682769553659_338134174_n

1.  Where are you from? Centerville, TN
2.  What are your favorite running shoes? Saucony Kinvara
3.  What kind of bike do you ride? Look 567 Triathlon Bike
4.  What’s your age group for Ironman Wisconsin? M 25-29
5.  What’s your go-to workout meal? Pre- workout – toast and peanut butter, post-workout – Chocolate milk, roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli and cheddar, and black beans
6.  Favorite beer? Terrapin Moo Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout
7.  What was your favorite race to date? Huntsville Marathon 2011
8.  What are you most looking forward to on this journey? The stories that come from training with our group of 5 awesome people.
9.  What are you least looking forward to? The risk of wrecking my bike again.
10.  What is your strongest discipline? Running
11.  How would you respond to the criticism that endurance athletes are self-centered because they spend so much time training? If I trained by myself every workout, then someone could make that assumption that endurance athletes are self-centered. If they train together though (which most of us do almost every workout with someone else – a teammate, another East Nasty runner, or a friend) then it is not only encouraging, but it can even change someone else’s life. Endurance athletes are some of the least self-centered people I know – even most of the elite runners and triathletes I follow have a great sense of appreciation and respect for everyone in their sport. Go look at Chrissie Wellington’s book about her life, Chris Lieto’s “More than Sport” charity, or read about Robbie Bruce’s experience with 26.4.26 and tell me that endurance athletes are self-centered. We are all made stronger by the people who influence us.
12.  What 3 words would you use to describe yourself? Passionate. Encouraging. Stubborn.
13.  Aside from triathlons and working out, what is your favorite hobby? When I have the time, Backpacking/Travelling/Christian Missions
14.  If you could go anywhere in the world, where?  And why? I’d love to go to Israel/Jordan – I think it would be a powerful experience to see Biblical places I have only read about.
15.  Favorite Nashville Restaurant? Silly Goose
16.  Favorite sport other than endurance? Kickball
17.  Favorite band? Mat Kearney
18.  Which Fab 5 member will cross the finish line first? Jim Schwann
19.  How do you think doing this Ironman will change you? Hopefully I’ll be a stronger cyclist and swimmer, and I think I will be a lot more focused on what I eat because of training and the race itself.
20.  Are you racing for anyone? I’d like to race for some family members – specifically my Grandparents: Rebecca Fox, my late grandfather Lewis Fox, and Foy and Helen Hudgins. They don’t fully understand why I do what I do (but who really does?). They have always been supportive and encouraging to me my whole life, and I’d like to do something that brings honor to our family. This Ironman is a huge opportunity to do that.665831_671921717809_1226359790_o

JIM SCHWAN
Okay, so if you’re looking for a culprit in all of this business, it is Jim Schwan.  Last year at this time he peppered me for weeks about getting into the Couch to 5K program he was coaching and I finally gave in.  He ran by my side for the 5K and lied about our speed the whole way, leading me to a sub-27 minute finish.  Jim is the Ironman veteran in the bunch.  He’s done Louisville, Beach to Battleship, and several Half Irons.  I would never never tell him this, but he has been a true motivational force in my life.  He is also an original card carrying member of my Whiffle Ball Golf Country Club, Tarrolly Hills.  Dig deep into Jim’s complex mind with 20 questions.
29756_1384026272989_5850696_n1.  Where are you from? St. Louis, MO, but have lived in TN since I was 11.
2.  What are your favorite running shoes?  Current Favorite are Mizunos
3.  What kind of bike do you ride? I have a Cannondale Caad 9 road bike and a Cannondale Slice TT bike.
4.  What’s your age group for Ironman Wisconsin? 45-49
5.  What’s your go-to workout meal? Don’t have a go to workout meal but my go to pre-race meal is Carmela’s Chicken Rigatoni and a glass of Chianti from Macaroni Grille.
6.  Favorite beer? It changes with the seasons. Right now it’s Terrapin MooHoo.
7.  What was your favorite race to date? This is probably the most difficult question because I like different races for different reasons. Maybe Hell or High Water 5k because I went sub 20:00.
8.  What are you most looking forward to on this journey.  Training with the Fab 5 + 1.
9.  What are you least looking forward to?  The chaffing.
10.  What is your strongest discipline? Running.
11.  How would you respond to the criticism that endurance athletes are self-centered because they spend so much time training? I’m sorry, did you ask me a question?
12.  What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?  Motivated, Social, Competitive
13.  Aside from triathlons and working out, what is your favorite hobby? Poker
14.  If you could go anywhere in the world, where?  And why? The Galápagos Islands. Looks fantastic and unspoiled.
15.  Favorite Nashville Restaurant? Depends on mood.
16.  Favorite sport other than endurance? To watch – football. To play – hockey.
17.  Favorite band? Foo Fighters
18.  Which Fab 5 member will cross the finish line first? Daniel
19.  How do you think doing this Ironman will change you?  It will bring me closer to some really great people.
20.  Are you racing for anyone?  No. 305255_2335727744931_2099028503_n

RACER K
Last year I watched as Racer K finished Ironman Louisville.  It was a tremendous accomplishment considering he couldn’t keep down food or water on the bike.  He followed it up with a tenacious completion of the “Flying Monkey” which is arguably one of the tougher marathons around.  This year, he’s back in with the Fab Five and working hard for Wisconsin.  Learn more with “11 Questions with Racer K.

racer k 21.  Where are you from?  Chickamauga, GA
2.  What are your favorite running shoes?  Currently the Altra Instinct
3.  What kind of bike do you ride?  Kestrel Talon
4.  What’s your go-to workout meal?  I don’t really have one.
5.  Favorite beer?  Most Calfkiller beers work for me.  Except pre race and then PBR is the way to go.
6.  What was your favorite race to date?  Each race is a stepping stone and learning experience.   I value them equally for what they have taught me.
7.  What are you most looking forward to on this journey?  Making the journey with others.  Last time I had one great training partner (Jim Yates) and it was a great experience.  Four should make it even better.
8.  What are you least looking forward to?  Endless exhaustion and sleep depravation.
9.  What is your strongest discipline?  Related to the triathlon?  Running.
10.  How would you respond to the criticism that endurance athletes are self-centered because they spend so much time training?  People without goals and motivation constantly criticize those who have them.   I will always seek to improve myself and do those things that make me happy.  If that makes me self-centered, then that is a trait that I cherish.
11.  What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?  Stubborn, masochistic, and optimistic.    racer k

MARK SCRIVNER
Well, this is more like the Fab 3.  Ironman Wisconsin training partner, Mark Scrivner and his family.  I picked this photo because of the irony.  With his energy and commitment to training, family and his business, he will cross that finish line in fine fashion.  (Hopefully in this costume).  Learn more about Mark and his goals, hobbies, etc. by reading his answers to 10 questions (below this photo).

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10 Questions for Mark Scrivner

1.  Where are you from?  Eldon, MO or central Missouri
2.  What are your favorite running shoes?  Brooks
3.  What kind of bike do you ride?  Cannondale Slice
4.  What’s your age group for Ironman Wisconsin? 41-45
5.  What’s your go-to workout meal?  Penne pasta
6.  Favorite Beer?  Fat Tire
7.  Favorite race to date?  Tuscon Half Marathon in Arizona
8.  Three words you’d use to describe yourself.  Outgoing, ambitious, focused 110%
9.  What do you most look forward to on this journey?  Training with the Fab Five and the finish.  Least looking forward to?  Summer Training.
10.  What’s your best discipline?  Running.

Ironman Wisconsin training teammate, Mark
Ironman Wisconsin training teammate, Mark Scrivner
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