The Road To Nationals with Derek Vanstone

Wisconsin Triathlon's President shows us both sides of the coin: Sarcasm & Sport

  • Wisconsin Triathlon president Derek Vanstone shows us the two sides of a competitor.  The focus, fear and fortitude necessary to improve while recognizing your limits.  Plus, it was a whole lot of fun to read his dribble.
  • Hometown: Hartland, WI
  • Sport / Competition: Triathlon
  • Twitter/@college_tri
  • Instagram/College_tri
  • RM:  How many years have you been competing?
    Ive been racing tri for 4 years and have completed upwards of 40 races of varying lengths. Super sprints to Ironman.
  • RM:  What have been some of the craziest things you have witnessed while training, competing or traveling?
    I hit a deer on my bike once. More just got bumped. I had a bird fly between my leg and my frame once, too. Wildlife seems to be attracted to me on my bike. I must just look so natural. 
  • RM:  What fuels your competitiveness? What color do you feel the fastest in?
    Mostly water and gels. Badger red and white.
  • RM:  How has your approach changed from the beginning of the season to the end to make you a better at each stage as you head to nationals?
    There really isn’t a winter season in Wisconsin so my biggest change was not staring directly at the black line in the pool, but more off to the right. The bike was more just getting through all the Netflix I could. As I transitioned from comedies to dramas, it was obvious things were getting serious. My running has always been strong though. The best feeling you can get is walking out side and breathing through your nose so when you see your breath you look like a flippin’ dragon. Speaking of which, Im looking forward to game of thrones coming back too.
  • RM:  What is your goal as you head to nationals? First out of the water? Top 10? Best split?
    My main goal is to go under 2 hours in the olympic. Apparently I'm too chubby to race any draft legal stuff, it would give an unfair advantage to anyone behind me on the bike. So no goals for DL, but since this is my last one I would like to meet as many people as possible and network because I'm graduating soon and I'll need a job eventually. I should probably print out some resumes too.
  • RM:  How are you feeling? Did you have any injuries you had to over come? Are you peaking at the right time?
    I feel ok, its like 11:30pm so a little sleepy but I guess thats expected. How are you feeling? 
  • RM:  What is your long view? Where do you see yourself in a few years? Still competing? Working professionals?

  • I will hopefully have a job and still be racing. I would like to open a small mom and pop shop that sells second hand footwear. There is just something about a used shoe that really speaks to me. Like deep inside me, it just hits me right in the sole...pun intended. 
  • RM:  When you think about Nationals... what gets you the most excited? The most anxious? Instills the most concern?
    I'm the president of my team and right now i am most concerned about our 44 racers getting to Clemson in one piece. After that, I can start worrying about my race and whether or not Im anxious. If I don’t puke the night before, I don’t completely consider myself prepared. 
  • RM:  What equipment changes have you made through the year and most importantly as you head to Nationals?
    I changed my trainer tire for a regular one. I started wearing a swim cap because my hair was getting destroyed and that was hurting certain intimate aspects of my life. I bought a french press for coffee. I don’t have to take gels for caffeine anymore, which is nice.
  • RM:  Training secrets? Care to share? Favorite quote?
    Never take it too seriously, when you take it too seriously everyone will take you too seriously and you'll probably disappoint. 
  • RM:  What do you geek out on besides Triathlon?
    Comedy, if you didn’t guess by now. 
  • RM:  Do you have a dream race you want to create?
    I want to create a super long race thats about a 3.2 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a marathon but bring the best people in the world together to race it in a super tropical location.
  • RM:  Training Tracks: Favorite songs to train/race to?
    Bryce Vine - Sour Patch Kids
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Sikimanico
    Shaggy - Wasn't Me
    Cake - The Distance
    Bowling for soup - 1985
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