RaceMill Collegiate: Greg Harper

Cal Berkley Triathlete

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RM:  How did you find your sport of choice?

GH:  My dad was a professional triathlete in the 1980's. Although he stopped for many years to practice law and raise a family, he came back to the sport in the early 2000's, when he got me to do a triathlon when I was 9. I only did races for a few years and stopped by high school to focus on other sports (mainly swimming), but I knew I would return to racing triathlons after college. After swimming two years at UC Berkeley, I decided to hang it up and focus on triathlon once again, which brings me to now.


RM:  What drives your competitiveness?

GH:  The dream and goal of winning a race with fans and friends cheering me on.


RM:  Athlete that inspires you? Why?

GH:  Stephen Curry. He embodies everything I like in an athlete. Humble, hard working, and amazing. The things he can do with a basketball is incredible. He was only though of as a shooter when he came to the NBA, and has transformed his game to be one of the most complete basketball players in the entire world.


RM:  How many years have you been competing?

GH:  This is my third year competing for UC Berkeley triathlon, although I competed in triathlons as a youth for a few years.




RM:  Perfect weekend workout trip... where to? what do you bring? Itemize it! Tell us why it's in your car and why we need it.

GH:  Maui, Hawaii. I have all my triathlon gear, a case of beer, a good book, and my board shorts. Train all day, then relax and eat delicious food and have a beer at night. Nothing better.


RM:  Group Training or do you prefer solitude? why?

GH:  A little of both. I have a couple core people I do most of my training with, in addition to large team practices as well. In group settings we can push each other to the max, which is beneficial and more fun. I will run on my own most of the time so I can go as slow or fast as I need, but swimming and biking are much more enjoyable in a group setting for me.


RM:  Best result so far?

GH:  I have had some good races in my time with UC Berkeley Tri. The one I am most proud of is my 15th overall and 5th amateur placing at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Also, this year at our conference race I was 3rd, placing behind two incredible racers, which I believe will set me up for a successful Nationals this year!


RM:  What are you working on right now?

GH:  Right now, I am working on reaching another level of biking and running. I am thought of as the "swimmer guy" to many people in the triathlon world, so am I anxious to prove that I can indeed bike and run with the best of them. That's why Stephen Curry is such an inspiration to me. He changed the perception of himself and shocked the basketball world, which I aim to do in the sport of triathlon.


RM:  What are you training for now?

GH:  My teammates and I are gearing up for the Collegiate Nationals in Clemson, SC. We are hungry and anxious to prove the Cal Triathlon is the fastest and best looking triathlon team in the country!


RM:  Training secrets? Care to share?

GH:  My coach (my dad) always stresses "Hard work over time." That's the secret, even though it is no secret. I try to follow that motto and do the little things every day to make myself a better triathlete, like getting enough sleep and taking care of my body.




RM:  Do you have a dream race you want to create?

GH:  My dream race is a race that has equal time spent doing all three sports. Say about 30 minutes of each discipline. It would be interesting to see how it turned out. In the races beyond the olympic distance, the swim is very short in comparison to the other disciplines.


Greg’s favorite Training Tracks


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