The Road To Nationals with Dmitry Baer

If you have a positive mind, you can achieve the unwilling

  • Hometown:  Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Sport / Competition:  Swimmer/ Triathlete
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  • RM:  How many years have you been competing?
    I started competing at age 12 in Murrieta, California. 
  • RM:  What have been some of the craziest things you have witnessed while training, competing or traveling?
    Some of the craziest most thrilling moments of my triathlon career yet was in Kona, Hawaii for the 2014 Ironman World Championships. I had the opportunity to swim with the best of the best, the most dominant athletes on the bike, and shared the road with those of champions and with those who had a goal. 
  • RM:  What fuels your competitiveness? What color do you feel the fastest in?
    What fuels my competitiveness is the freedom aspect. No other individuals that race or train get to enjoy what nature provides; the road, the air, and beautiful weather. That is what get's me awake at 5am in the morning. 
  • 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?
    Last year, freshmen year I believed that I was the best and only the best on my team. I treated people in way of disrespect. There are more excuses but at the end, I was upsetting everyone around me. But this year, is different. I started to see what the team was all about. The laughter, the thrill, the friendship. Every second that spend time with the University of Arizona Triathlon Team I feel more and more happy. I think that is why I am looking forward towards Nationals for the competitiveness aspect but mostly to create a journey with the best team of the nation and to make memory of a life time.
  • RM:  What is your goal as you head to nationals? First out of the water? Top 10? Best split?
    I come from a swimmer's back round; I am giving everything I got on the swim, hold the bike, and finish the run strong. 

  • RM:  How are you feeling? Did you have any injuries you had to over come? Are you peaking at the right time?
    There were rough moments this year with injuries. But, how I overcome them is not physically relaxation but instead a positive mind. Use that as your motivation. 
  • RM:  What is your long view? Where do you see yourself in a few years? Still competing? Working professionals?
    I see my life as a roller coaster with school and triathlons. I fail here and there, I fail tests but what gets me is that fact not giving up. So when you ask where I will be, that is the million dollar question. I let life take me. 
  • RM:  When you think about Nationals... what gets you the most excited? The most anxious? Instills the most concern?
    I get most excited when I listen to some motivation songs. the anxiousness kicks in, my heartbeat increases, my mind stops and there I go, on my legs to enjoy my passion. 
  • RM:  What equipment changes have you made through the year and most importantly as you head to Nationals?
    I really don't know what to say for this question. I barely good to the bike shop. I am very clean individual and I love taking care of my belongings. so for that, nothing on my bike gets dirty nor broken.
  • RM:  Training secrets? Care to share? Favorite quote?
    "If you have a positive mind, you can achieve the unwilling" 
  • RM:  What do you geek out on besides Triathlon?
    Swimming. Something about the sport that takes release/ stress away from you. 
  • Training Tracks: Favorite songs to train/race to?
    Protectors of the Earth- Two steps form Hell
    Heart of courage- Two steps from Hell
    Can't be touched- Roy Jones
    300 Violin Orchestra- Jorge Quintero
    Remember The Name-Fort Minor
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