Aaron Kolk, Professional Triathlete
Favorite Event(s): White Lake Half Pro-AM
Greatest accomplishment as an athlete: Raising almost $7,000 for Do Good Health, a non-profit health care organization supporting small villages in Rwanda, by completing a solo full iron distance in 8:42 on my first attempt at the distance.
Favorite thing to do outside of sport: To make my own cup of coffee or espresso and sit and relax overlooking a body of water, preferably in the mountains. With 4 children and a wife working full time and in graduate school it does not happen often, but when it does, it is heaven on earth! I also enjoy time with my kids, especially walks in the trails around my house.
What I like best about the Without Limits nutrition line: The simplicity. I take the vitamin each night right before bed. The recovery shake after each hard/long effort. I have noticed my overall recovery is much better and I can get back to work sooner when I am consistent with doing these two things.
Summer Deal, Professional Triathlete
2021 Goals: To race five or six 70.3 races and finish the year with a 140.6. I am excited to see how I will stack up in these races, but have no real expectations for place or time; I prefer to reduce as much pressure as possible and instead focus on the execution of each event, and the results will follow!
Favorite event(s): Although I grew up as a runner, my favorite event is the bike! I absolutely love the feeling of being able to push yourself so hard that you think your legs are just going to give out, and then going even deeper.
Biggest accomplishment as an athlete: I'm going to use a less conventional story here about my biggest accomplishment as an athlete- I did not grow up swimming, so I had to teach myself how to swim when I decided I wanted to try a triathlon. Since that time I have been working on getting faster in the water, and for a while that meant that I had these ridiculously high expectations of myself for every single swim. If I didn't improve my time I felt like a failure, and it was making me hate swimming. I was close to quitting triathlon because I would get so nervous before every swim workout.
The biggest accomplishment I have made in the pool was when I stopped comparing myself and my times to others, and instead just focused on having good form and having fun. I can say now that I finally enjoy swimming, and I've gotten faster than I thought possible!
Favorite thing to do outside of sport: I love to do pottery, I find it incredibly relaxing and the easiest way for me to zone out and find flow state.
What I like best about the Without Limits nutrition line: The hot chocolate long run recovery!! As someone who normally doesn't like protein shakes, I crave this one!
Ben Deal, Professional Triathlete
Victoria Hammersmith, Elite Half Marathoner