RaceMill Collegiate with Connor White

Texas Triathlon


Hometown

College Station, Texas


School
University of Texas


Sport
Triathlon


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RM:  How did you find your sport of choice?
I played football in high school, but only because I loved lifting weights. When I quit football so I could lift more, I signed up for both a half marathon and a triathlon to stay lean, and was instantly hooked.

RM:  What drives your competitiveness?
When I started, it was a desire to push myself and reach my potential. Now, I’ve grown to love swimming, biking, and running so much that I just compete because of how fun the sport is.

RM:  Athlete that inspires you? Why?
Eric Lagerstrom, because he’s got an awesome van and makes cool videos. Mark Simmons, because he showed me how much fun it is to ride bikes up big hills. David Lynch, because he taught me the importance of wearing your shirt inside out before races. And Chris McCormack, because his 2010 win in Kona was legendary and the first triathlon I ever saw.

RM:  How many years have you been competing?
This will be my 5th year as a triathlete.

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.
Just recently I traveled with the UT Cycling team to Arkansas for about the most perfect a weekend could be. Solid day of racing Saturday and a chill ride to the top of a mountain with some phenomenal views Sunday, and then a little swimming in this random river we found on our way home. Super clear blue water, probably around 50 degrees, it was refreshing to say the least.

As for items, a bike, whichever pair of running shoes happens to be my favorite at the time, and some hot apple cider.

RM:  Group Training or do you prefer solitude? why?
It depends. If I’m lacking motivation a group will always get me out the door. On the days I really murder myself though I like the focus I get from training on my own.




RM:  Best result so far?
The SMW Collegiate Regional Championship (US Open) 2014. It was the first wetsuit legal race I felt I was really able to swim to my ability, and overall I was just really proud of how hard I was able to push myself mentally.

RM:  What are you working on right now?
I’ve been in a cycling block for the last few months, so right now I’m working on salvaging as much run and swim fitness as I can before Collegiate Nationals 2016.

RM:  What are you training for now?
Collegiate Nationals 2016, and more long term, Austin 70.3.

RM:  Training secrets? Care to share?
Make it fun. Go exploring, find cool stuff, and then share it on Instagram and Strava. There are always more places to explore, so you’ll never burn out.

RM:  Do you have a dream race you want to create?
ITU Kitzbuhel. I love mountains, the steeper the better.

RM:  Training Tracks: Favorite songs to train/race to?


The classic:
1.) Eye of the Tiger
For a fun start to any ride:
2.) Hula Hoop (Omi)
Time to ramp things up:
3.) The Island Pt. 1 (Pendulum)
Ok now we’re getting serious:
4.) Wild Life (Kevin Hunter)
And if you really need to go all out, the hardest drop in all of dubstep:
5.) The Eye (Midnight Conspiracy & Cenobite)
Bonus:
6.) SSJ3 Power Up (Bruce Faulconer)

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