Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tri-Pro: Erich Wegscheider

From Nic:  I always admire people that make big leaps of faith in their life to pursue their passions, rediscover themselves or just want an adventure. Erich, a pro triathlete, just made the jump from Cali to Bali and am excited to follow his adventures... however, I had to laugh when he said he had to move b/c he was "sick of the California winters"... Sorry Erich, this Chicagoan doesn't give too much sympathy towards that statement :)

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your recent move to Bali (if you don't mind, mention your transition into turning pro, people love those stories)

I got into triathlon while attending the University of Oregon, where I raced on their club team. My first triathlon was OSU’s Beaver Freezer and I was hooked after that! Heck, I even began scheduling classes around when lap swimming was available. After graduating, I wanted to do something different, so I decided to explore triathlon at the elite level. I spent a good year and a half readying myself, made the jump in 2011, and won my pro debut at the Lavaman Waikoloa. I've had a mixed bag of results since then, but still love competing and the pursuit of PRs.

As for moving to Bali, it falls into the same category mentioned above - of wanting to do something different. I love to train, race, and travel, but those activities don't exactly pay the bills. Full-time work never allowed for enough training or travel, so I decided to try and create something that will allow me to dictate my own schedule. Of course, that in and of itself requires a great deal of time, but it'll be worth it in the long run given my priorities.

2.  What is on your schedule for 2014 and what is the tri scene like in Bali?

Upon moving here, I was really looking forward to the Bali International Triathlon, but the race isn't taking place this year due to the Indonesian Presidential Elections. So, the tri scene is non-existent. All in all, training here is actually quite difficult. The roads aren't ideal for cycling, so I had to buy a trainer and have done all my riding on that. There’s also no tracks or flat ground to speak of, so all my runs - including tempo sessions - include quite a bit of elevation. While it’s far from a tri mecca, training here is definitely making me stronger.

As for the rest of the year, I will be stateside for part of summer and will be racing both the Leadville Trail 100 MTB and Trail 100 Run - that'll be my first 100-mile run. After that, I'm eyeing Ironman Lake Tahoe, Challenge Rancho Cordova, and if I can swing it, La Ruta de los Conquistadores (a 3-day mountain bike stage race in Costa Rica).
3. Out of the other endurance events you have done, which one complimented your triathlon training?  Do you have a favorite discipline.

Mountain biking for sure! It’s complimented training, in that it’s helped me develop a better pedal stroke, build leg strength - they don't call it mountain biking for nothing - and perhaps most importantly, it’s really helped with my bike handling skills; roads seem a lot wider and manageable after spending enough time on single-track!

Running is my favorite discipline based on its simplicity. Particularly trail running. There’s something about it that makes me feel like a wild animal on the loose.

4.  What has been your biggest challenges since your shift of focus on your business vs. triathlon... any tips for others?

Time-management. I’m in the process of redesigning my website and often lose several hours to that, because I get so immersed in refining design elements and developing a content strategy. That site and its challenges are my passion, so it’s understandable. However, deadlines and defining dedicated work only times have given me more balance.

5. Favorite go-to workout.

Honestly, I'm just a workhorse and do whatever I'm told to do by my coach, Muddy Waters. Though, push-ups and crunches are things I do everyday.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy reading blogs like this that talk about athletes and their success in the things that they train so hard for. I'm not a triathlete, nor do I care to be, but I have so much respect triathletes, and the amazing work they do in their sport. It's motivating to watch them, and inspires many to get up and go do something with themselves, and make themselves better.