The Road To Nationals with Julianna Falzon

NCSU Senior talks Tri and life after it!

  • North Carolina State U’s Julianna Falzon talks about all the benefits of try and how it trains your mind for overcoming whatever life throws at you next.  Especially if it is mechanical engineering!
  • Hometown: Baldwin, New York
  • Sport / Competition:  Triathlon
  • Twitter/juliemfalzonn
  • Instagram/juliefalzonn
  • RM:  How many years have you been competing?
    This is my fourth year competing in triathlon.
  • RM:  What fuels your competitiveness? What color do you feel the fastest in?
    Triathlon fuels my competitiveness because it is such an individual sport. I need to push myself to be better than my last time each time I hit the course. I'm more competitive with myself than with my other teammates because my background does not consist of biking, running, or swimming, which puts me at a disadvantage against others.
  • 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?
    The beginning of the season held the same mindset as the end of the season for me. We train to succeed. We push ourselves to do better than ever before. With that mindset, we've had a pretty successful training season.
  • RM:  What is your goal as you head to nationals? First out of the water? Top 10? Best split?
    My goal is to beat my Tempe 2014 time. I was in a really good place that season, and I hope to PR this race by at least 10 minutes. I want a faster 10K time.
  • RM:  How are you feeling? Did you have any injuries you had to over come? Are you peaking at the right time?
    I am obviously nervous for Nationals, as I have been the past two times I've participated. But I am also feeling ready to rock! I've responsibly trained with no injuries, with fast and slow workouts, and with a lot of motivation from my team. I feel like race day will be the day I peak. As long as I can keep the nutrition regime up (maybe cut down on the brewskies for the next 2.5 weeks!) I will be in tip top race day shape.
  • RM:  What is your long view? Where do you see yourself in a few years? Still competing? Working professionals?
    Fortunately, I am graduating this semester with a full time position at a construction company in Washington D.C. as a mechanical engineer. I hope that with a schedule that is much more consistent than my college schedule that I will be able to move into longer distance triathlons. I hope to return to Raleigh to compete with my team as the weird alumni that never leaves for the next couple of years as well. I do see Ironman in my future, but closer to 30 than to 20. Half iron distance races seem like a very approachable target for 2017!
  • RM:  When you think about Nationals... what gets you the most excited? The most anxious? Instills the most concern?
    When I think about Nationals, I get SO pumped for the camaraderie. On the course, everyone seems to cheer each other on (at least in the back half of the race!). I love to give a cheer for each teammate or athlete I may know and even those I don't, and that is what keeps me going throughout the run on this race. I am anxious for all of the turns on the bike course. My bike handling skills are decent, but with six 180 degree turns I foresee a crash or several happening.
  • RM:  What equipment changes have you made through the year and most importantly as you head to Nationals?
    I've kept the same equipment throughout the year. I used to run in Brooks Glycerins and have since transitioned to Asics Gel Noosa Tri's and absolutely love them. I have less knee pain running in these shoes for sure.
  • RM:  Training secrets? Care to share? Favorite quote?
    Our coach has exposed us to anaerobic/aerobic training. Highly recommend training with heart rate.

  • Fave Quote from my Fave Tri-Hard: "Just seize every opportunity you have, embrace every experience. Make a mark, for all the right reasons." - Chrissie Wellington
  • RM:  What do you geek out on besides Triathlon?
    I'm a huge physics nerd. I love outer space. It hurts my brain, and fuels my fire.
  • RM:  Do you have a dream race you want to create?
    Not one I want to create, but I'd love to race Ironman Nice, Ironman Lake Placid, and any Ironman in the Australia/NZ area since I spent a semester abroad in Melbourne. And, of course, Kona.
  • RM:  Training Tracks: Favorite songs to train/race to? 
  • Eye of the Tiger
    Fergalicious - Fergie
    Dip it Low - Christina Milian
    All I do is Win
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