Athletes Like You: Meet Randy
First-time Ironman Finisher!
Meet Randy Ziegler, a 27-year-old fireman from
Phoenix who completed his first Ironman last month
in a speed-demonish 12:56.
Q. How did you get involved in triathlon, and what
keeps you coming back for more?
A. I became interested in tris as a way to integrate
adult velcro (locking laces) and tight-fitting, brightly
colored clothing into more areas of my life. Just
kidding. Seriously, I needed a sport to keep me fit
that was more along the lines of 'slow twitch'. My
team sports skill had dwindled away since high
school, and I needed more variety in my cardio.
I keep racing because I have found out more about
myself through this sport than any other activity I've
done. I keep setting new, higher goals for myself and
blowing through them. The belief in myself I've
gained has transcended the barriers of the sport and
spilled into other areas of my life. It is the most
fulfilling activity I've ever been involved with. Oh
yeah, I have a blast while racing and I seem to meet
the coolest people at events.
Q. What?s your favorite workout?
A. My favorite workout is a finished workout that is
followed by a cold beer or a deep-fried ding-dong.
Q. You did your first Ironman last month, tell us
about your experience.
A. IMAZ was a tough day, but not as tough as I
thought. I was more than sufficiently physically and
mentally conditioned by Anne and Bill Wilson at
Camelback Coaching. I had some serious back pain
from a chronic ailment that slowed me down
significantly on the bike. Other than that, my day
went pretty much like everyone else?s. I was drained
by the end, but looked back on it as one of the
greatest days of my life. I finished in 12:56. I'll do
another eventually, but right now I want fun back in
my life. I see the lake, wakeboarding and surfing my
Q. You volunteered as an ?adopted Ironman.? How
was that experience?
A. I volunteered for Adopt an Ironman because I
enjoy working with children. Kids are so much fun
when you can give them back to whoever is
responsible for them when you are done playing.
Anyway, I visited a third-grade classroom at
Elementary, taught by Lisa Roberts, once before the
race and once after. I tried to inspire the kids to
shoot for the stars. I wanted them to think beyond
what they thought was possible. I encouraged them
to dream big, which children do quite naturally, but
also that it takes work to achieve almost anything
worth doing in this world. Lifelong health and fitness
were also key ideas.
Q. What is your next goal?
A. My next few races are going to be Olympics and
sprints during the summer. I'm not yet ready to
completely focus on triathlon again. I'm still mentally
recovering. Right now my priority is fixing the disarray
my life has become after four-and-a-half months of
neglect from training for IMAZ.