Questions & Answers with Glen

Athletic background: Brown belt Taekwondo, Wrestled eigth grade through college 1995. Powerlifting 1992-1996.

VO2 max: 62

First triathlon: Mrs. T’s Chicago 1995. Lifeguards rescued me 100 feet off shore. I was hooked (figuratively and literally)!

First Ironman: Ironman Kentucky in Louisville 2007. I loved the area so much I raced there in 2008 and 2009.

Favorite race: Xterra, Any sprint or Olympic distance. You are done before noon and back home to enjoy the day.

Favorite workout: 5x5 min LT on the bike, any mountain bike workout.

Least Favorite workout: anything long and swimming.

Favorite food: Being an ex-wrestler (and starving myself for days on end to make weight) I have a lot of respect for food. I know what it is like to starve. Some fav’s are a huge steak (rib eye), lobster, king crab legs, ribs (my recipe), sushi, strong coffee and I should stop because I am getting hungry. Hey, no carbs!

Favorite music: I played classical violin when I was young so classical holds a place in my heart. 1980’s dance for workouts, John Denver, The Doors, Hawaiian, Mellencamp, Tool, Pink, 50 cent, Mr. Blotto, ACDC and pretty much all country.

Interests: Collecting bicycles, Music, Beer/wine tasting, cooking, sleeping.

If I weren’t a triathlete I would be a (an)… ultimate fighter. I still might give this a try. I hope they have a masters division!

Proudest moment: I am lucky, I get a new one each day watching my kids grow and discover this world.

What I love and hate about triathlon: Love- being able to do this sport. To be able to swim, bike and run makes me feel like a kid all over again. Hate- cheaters/drafters/dopers.

Favorite movie(s): Iron man, Gran Torino, Enemy Of The State, Outsiders, T2, Rocky

Favorite place: Kona Hawaii. Kona is where my wife and I honeymooned in 2002 and have returned each year to volunteer in the race. It is a magical place for us. Before I die, I would be honored to race this course (and have my wife, working as an IronDoc, place my IV line).

What triathlon has taught me: That I am not a quitter and that anything is possible!

If I could meet anyone in the world it would be: Robert Downey Jr, Will Smith, Jim Morrison.

Best triathlon moment: 2002 Pleasant Prairie triathlon. During the National anthem, the speaker system went down at the beginning of the song. After a couple of seconds, the entire crowd of racers, volunteers and spectators broke into song completing it acapella. Being so close out from 9/11, this was a beautiful, moving and emotional moment. I will never forget it.

Favorite quotes:
“Nothing worth having comes without some kind of a fight” Unknown.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Martin Luther King Jr.
“There are things known and there are things unknown and in between are the doors” Jim Morrison
“You can’t polish a turd” Dan Shafron.

Favorite book: Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger

If I could do it all over again: I wouldn’t. I need to meet my best friend and wife at the Lake Zurich triathlon in 2001.