February 2010 Athlete of the Month Tracy Macintire
D3: Can you tell us a little bit about your sports background? Which sports did you do as a kid and as you got older?
Tracy: I grew up playing all the typical little league sports and continued playing baseball and football in high school. I started running in college and did my first marathon while in my surgical residency in Indianapolis.
D3: What is your current job and what do you do?
T: I am an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in Edmond, Oklahoma. The focus of my practice is maxillofacial reconstruction which involves surgery of the face, mouth and jaws.
D3: What was your motivation to get started in triathlon?
T: I completed the Chicago Marathon in October 2002 while in my residency. I loved the training and racing involved, but wanted more diversity in my workouts. Triathlons were a perfect fit.
D3: When and where was your first race?
T: My first triathlon was the Shelbyville Polar Bear triathlon in Shelbyville, Kentucky. It was in February of 2003, and consisted of a 1.6 mile run, a 6 mile bike ride, and finished with a 200 meter indoor swim. It was freezing cold, so they did the race in the opposite order we normally do triathlons. I struggled to finish each segment, but was thrilled that I could tell everyone I was now an “official” triathlete.
D3: You raced your first IM this year and came in well under your goal time, what do you think was the biggest contributing factor to your success?
T: Consistency was definitely the key to my success. Curt had dialed in very early in my training the volume I could handle from a recovery and a lifestyle standpoint. That allowed me to consistently get my workouts in and not feel I was neglecting other aspects of my life (well, most of the time anyway!) Since I had a training volume that fit my lifestyle, the workouts just became part of my week, so staying consistent was much easier.
D3: You also set PR’s at the Olympic and 70.3 distance, which one are you most proud of?
T: I’m most proud of my 70.3 PR. My first 70.3 ever was on the same course with much better weather conditions, and I was able to take an hour and twenty five minutes off that time. It was the first time I felt I was competitive in a race and not just trying to finish.
D3: What is your favorite race and why?
T: My favorite race is Ironman Arizona. It was a great setting and the weather was perfect. I would suspect it’s hard to beat your first Ironman experience.
D3: What are your long term goals in triathlon?
T: My long term goal is to keep competing. Each of us is susceptible to that moment when you move from being a triathlete to being the guy that used to be a triathlete. I want to be competing in triathlons for years to come..
D3: If you could spend a day training with anyone, who would it be?
T: I’d like to spend a day training with Curt. I’m pretty sure he’d try to kill me, but since he lives and trains in Boulder with all the other top triathletes, we should have a pretty good group to ride with.
D3: What’s in your race future?
T: 2010 will be a year for 70.3 races.
D3: What’s your favorite workout?
T: Anything on the bike.
D3: What your least favorite workout?
T: Any of them with the word “interval”. You don’t become a mediocre triathlete by doing intervals. It takes year of undisciplined, unstructured training to get that title!
D3: Tell us something interesting about you!
T: I’m the Facial Trauma Surgeon for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team. Go Thunder!