Athlete Spotlight: Brian Whitmire


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Brian Whitmire is 32 years old and lives in Pass Christian, MS. He's training with Coach Allen Stanfield and has a big season of racing ahead: IM 70.3 Texas in Galveston on April 10th, IM 70.3 Hawaii on June 4th, Ryanman 70.3 on October 2nd and IM Florida November 5th.



I work in downtown New Orleans so I have a significant commute every day. I’ve been doing triathlons for about 3 years now and have just decided to get serious about my goals in the sport this year! 
I’m a single guy who has 2 cats. No, seriously. Hahaha. They’re actually good pets for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time at home to take care of pets. My immediate family consists of my mom and dad and my two brothers. I’m the oldest. I’m an engineer  and work in the oil and gas industry. Fortunately, I love my job. Hobbies outside of triathlon have included racing cars and karts competitively in various forms since I was 21. This hobby has taken a back seat to triathlon lately!


Brian (far right) and his family!


Tell us about your athletic background prior to triathlon and how you got involved in the sport.

Growing up I played most sports, but really loved to play ice and roller hockey. Growing up in the South this was very difficult but I was fortunate enough to have parents who indulged my strange preference in athletic pursuits and drove me to practices, games, and tournaments all over the Gulf Coast. I have always enjoyed running as a fitness activity and about 6 years ago started swimming for exercise. I met some people who did triathlons shortly after this and it only seemed natural to try the sport.


How many races you have done?

I think I’ve done about a dozen multi-sport events (between duathlons and triathlons). So, I’m relatively inexperienced by most standards!


What will be your biggest challenges with your race goals this year?

I think the biggest challenge I will face this year will be meeting my own expectations. I’ve set lofty goals for myself and my biggest fear is not performing as well as I think is possible for myself.


Describe one race that stands out in your mind as a favorite, most challenging, or most memorable.

I think my 3rd race that I competed in back in 2012 was the Sandestin Triathlon and it really stands out to me more than any other race. It was a sprint distance race and it was the first race where I had solid performances in all 3 legs of the race. At that point I realized I had the potential to be reasonably good and was enjoying the sport even more than I thought I would.


Do you have any stories of things going wrong in training or racing?

At my very first triathlon I was a little to aggressive at the start and tried to keep up with all of the fast people to the first swim buoy. By the time I got to the buoy and had to turn and swim parallel to shore in the Gulf of Mexico I realized I was completely out of breath. That short few tenths of a mile felt like it took an hour or more but when looking at the times after the race I realized I was in the water less than 20 minutes!


If we looked in your car, what clues would there be that you are a triathlete?

There would probably be some random swim gear, some bicycle chain lube, and a pair of running shoes somewhere in there.


What future goals do you have for training or racing?

My goals are to continue to improve my fitness and therefore results at races while still having fun. I think like everyone in the sport the ultimate dream would be to qualify for Kona but I realize that is probably a VERY long term goal. One can still dream, right?!


What drew you to Team MPI and Coach Allen?

I received several recommendations for both Coach Allen and Team MPI from our local Tri team. The fact that Coach Allen is local to me and is such an excellent athlete himself made the decision very easy.


What have you learned through the sport that you would like to share with others?

I don’t know if this learning is exclusive to my involvement in triathlon, but it definitely applies: the key to many things in life is knowing your own limits and the only way to really know your limits is to continually push them. I’ve found this very applicable to not only my fitness, but also in my academic and work life. If you’re not pushing yourself, you’re stagnating.


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