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 even upgraded to a time trial bike for racing now). Bryan has also become highly involved in the DC Triathlon Club serving as a Lead Program Manager for NTP from 2010 to 2012 and now serves on the club's Board of Directors as the Director of Programs. 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: 6
  • Strengths on the course: Smiling and acknowledging fellow club members.
  • Family status: Single and accepting applications.
  • Nickname: None and accepting suggestions.
  • Race schedule for 2014: Boston Marathon, Black Bear HIM, ITU Chicago Olympic Tri, Musselman HIM, NorthEast Olympic Tri, NYC Marathon; maybe a couple other surprise races in there too.
  • Goals for 2014: Maybe an overall win at a race. That 2:05 Olympic goal is closer and still in my sights. 
  • 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.
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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21
May
2014

Training through a Race is hard to do

Rock 'n' Roll USA Half Marathon Race Report

BFrank RnRUSAHalf7If there is one race that I have done every year since I got into the sports of triathlon and running, well…. that would be the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler up in Baltimore (really fun race with hot mulled wine, vegan stew, and TONS of cookies at the finish line).  If there is a second race that I have done almost every year since I got into triathlon and running, it would be some version of the Rock n’ Roll USA Half Marathon here in Washington DC.

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07
May
2014

Learning about my body - Part 2

Biofeedback Analysis

20x30-IKDQ4996smallThe second part in a series of posts about physical therapy. Not because I have an injury, but because I want to learn more about my body and how to take care of it to prevent injuries.

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17
February
2014

Learning about my body - Part 1

Active Release Therapy

20x30-IKDQ4995smallThe first part in a series of posts about physical therapy. Not because I have an injury, but because I want to learn more about my body and how to take care of it to prevent injuries.

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25
November
2013

Breaking the Barrier

Richmond Marathon Race Report

BFrank Richmond 21For some people the goal is just to finish a marathon. For some it’s to break the 6 hour… the 5 hour… the 4 hour mark. For me, at some random point in time, it became a goal to break that illustrious 3 hour mark. I’ll leave it to the amazing runners to break that 2 hour mark. I don’t know why that became a goal. I had already qualified for Boston and will be racing it next year, but that 2 at the front of my marathon time became an objective. I didn’t care if it was 2:59:59, that still had a 2 at the front.

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