Bryan Frank

Bryan Frank

Bryan got his start in triathlon back in 2008 when a good friend wanted to go to the informational meeting for the New Triathlete Program with the DC Triathlon Club and told him that she did not want to go alone. After his interest was piqued at the meeting, he joined the club and competed alongside the NTP class at New Jersey State Triathlon. The race has gone down in NTP history as Bryan placed third in the novice division despite riding on his mountain bike and he has become hooked on the sport of triathlon ever since (he has since upgraded to a time trial bike for racing). Bryan has also become highly involved in the DC Triathlon Club serving as a Lead Program Manager for NTP from 2010 to 2012 and then on the club's Board of Directors as the Director of Programs for 2013 to 2014. For the 2015 year, Bryan will serve on the club's Board of Directors as the Treasurer. Bryan now trains for all triathlon distances though he really enjoys the Olympic distance triathlon the most, yet technically he has never done a Sprint distance triathlon. Since someone stole Bryan's idea of riding a Capital Share bike in a triathlon, he has had to up the ante in his ideas and now wants to race a Sprint triathlon on a penny farthing bicycle (though he still has to figure out the "flying dismount" into T2 for that).

  • Date of Birth/Location: March 1975; Dallas, TX
  • Current Residence: Gaithersburg, MD (it's not THAT far from DC)
  • Years Racing: 7
  • Strengths on the course: Smiling and acknowledging fellow club members.
  • Family status: Single and accepting applications.
  • Nickname: None and accepting suggestions.
  • Race schedule for 2015: Qualified for Kona World Championships at Ironman Chattanooga, so he'll be racing there in October 2015. Also Challenge St. Andrews Half Ironman in New Brunswick, Canada as well as some other races that have yet to be determined.
  • Goals for 2015: Met SOOO many goals in 2014 that it'll be hard to top that. Continue getting closer to that 2:00 hour mark in an Olympic distance triathlon and that 4:20 mark in a Half Ironman triathlon.
  • Currently on my iPod: Pitbull, Avicii, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, O.A.R., Edward Sharpe. Anything that's upbeat and fast.
  • Little known fact about me: I am a Lord of the Rings fan (though not sure that's "little known"). Okay, I play the piano. How's that?
  • Favorite Race: SavageMan 70.0; call me crazy, but it's fun.
  • Favorite Result: Crossing the finish line at my first Ironman.
  • Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, of course.
  • Favorite thing when not swimming, biking, or running: Happy hour. After all, I run cleaner on ethanol.
29
November
2014

Learning about my body - Part 3

Selective Functional Movement Assessment

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The third part in a series of posts about physical therapy. Not because I have an injury, butbecause I want to learn more about my body and how to take care of it to prevent injuries.

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21
October
2014

Pardon me boy is that the Chattanooga Choo-choo?

2014 Ironman Chattanooga Race Report

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I’m not going to keep you in suspense. I’m going to just tell you right up front: I’m going toKona, Hawaii for the 2015 Ironman World Championship next October. There, now that I’ve said that, I can tell you about the journey that it took to get there, including the race itself. So sit right back, grab a cup of coffee, tea, glass of wine, beer, mixed drink, or whatever you fancy and enjoy the tale of this fateful trip. It started on a tropic isle, aboard a tiny ship.

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06
October
2014

Revisiting the triple dog dare

2014 North East International Distance Triathlon

NETri Finish02Sometimes it’s fun to go back to a race to see how much you have improved since you were last there. I don’t necessarily mean going back every year, but maybe every couple of years, or every 5 years. Whatever. Just to see how much you have improved or hopefully how little aging has affected your ability to perform on the race course.

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29
August
2014

I tri… because it gets better

Gay Games IX - Cleveland Triathlon - Olympic Distance

GG9 Finish03The Gay Games in Cleveland/Akron had been four years in the planning: a sports and cultural festival that is about participation, inclusion, and personal best. An event that is open to all adults regardless of sexual orientation or athletic ability. From the fast to the slow, from the young to the old, this event was about building community no matter where you fit in on any spectrum. I could get into how important it still is for the LGBT community to have these types of events to build support and outreach, but knowing how much I tend to blather on, that would go on for days and that’s not the purpose of this report. This report is about a race. A triathlon. A triathlon at Gay Games IX.

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21
July
2014

That Hurt

2014 microMussel Race Report

BFrank MMussel03It’s roughly a 100 yard swim, roughly a half mile bike ride and roughly a 200 yard run. It’s all roughly, because there is absolutely nothing serious about this race. Why? Because for the bike portion, the adult must ride a kid’s big wheel or tricycle.

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10
July
2014

Pretending to be a Pro Triathlete for a Day

2014 ITU Chicago Race Report

BFrank ITUChicago Run03Back in 2009, my first full year of “being a triathlete,” the International Triathlon Union (ITU) brought one of their World Triathlon Series (WTS) event to American soil for the first time. Their chosen location: Washington DC. Toward the middle of last year, ITU announced that Chicago would hold a WTS event for 2014 and 2015 with an age group race in which the amateurs could compete. Racing in the urban landscape of Chicago sounded really fun so I signed up.

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26
June
2014

Daring the Bear, Chasing the Win

2014 Black Bear Half Iron Distance Race Report

BFrank BBear Finish10For three years in a row I have started my triathlon season with a Half Iron distance event. And for three years in a row, I have said to myself the night before the event: “Why didn’t I start my season with an Olympic distance or a sprint and then build up to the Half distance?” This is the story of the 2014 Black Bear Half Iron Distance Triathlon.

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17
June
2014

Boston is Strong

2014 Boston Marathon Race Report

BFrank BostonMarathon09The Boston Marathon! The pinnacle of running races. The zenith of the marathon races. The race that runners from all over the world hope to qualify for one day in their life. The marathon: a distance made famous by the legend of the Greek messenger Pheidippides who nonstop ran from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens and burst into the assembly to announce: νενικήκαμεν (nenikekamen, "we have wοn"). He promptly collapsed and died.

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