Athlete Profile – Stuart Rogers

Stuart Rogers and wife

About the Athlete
Location: San Antonio, TX
Age Group: M40-44
Years in Triathlon: 4+

What two or three books would you recommend?

It doesn’t have to be triathlon related, but may have helped you with motivation/balance or to get through a tough time or create a new approach to the sport.

Do Over by Jon Acuff: It’s about creating a career savings account so that, regardless of what happens to you (layoff, promotion, etc.) you’re prepared with what you need to succeed. Quiet by Susan Cain: really helped me understand my introversion and how to get the best out of introverts on my teams. Abundance by Peter Diamandis: reframed my thinking about scarcity and our ability to deal with emerging challenges. Promise of Pencil by Adam Braun: reading this book started a chain of events that eventually led me to going to Ghana to learn more about the charity Adam started(I know I went long, I could do this all day, I LOVE to read).

What is the one thing (other than a bike or power meter) you purchased that you use and benefit from all the time? 

Name specific brand and where you got it so others can share in your love.

Bone conducting headphones. Megan (wife) found Aftershox Titanium headphones on a Black Friday deal Buy One Get One Free. I thought it was a ridiculous purchase because it was $80 for a pair of headphones but being able to hear what’s happening around me while I run is amazing. Quality socks. I’ve used Balega and Features. They both work great. I never understood what a difference good quality socks could make, but they are worth every penny.

What is a specific “failure” or “apparent failure” in a race or training that set you up for future success?

Or what was a turning point in your triathlon career that changed how you approached the sport/lifestyle?

The turning point for me was hiring a coach. I’d never been a consistent athlete and having someone give me workouts that challenge me, but not too much and also hold me accountable made me fall in love with training and how it makes me feel.

Stuart Rogers and family

If you could make an Instagram post you knew would be seen and shared by millions, what would it say?

It doesn’t have to be your quote, just something you love and think would make a difference. 

DFL > DNF > DNS (Dead Freaking Last is better than Did Not Finish which is better than Did Not Start). I’m never going to win a race, but even if I finish last, I’ve beaten everyone that didn’t get off the courch. 

What is the best or most worthwhile investment you’ve made in triathlon?

This could be financially, time, or energy investments.

Hiring a coach was a huge investment for me. I’m very frugal (my wife would call me cheap), but having someone to hold me accountable and who challenges me has made all the difference in me sticking with the sport and challenging myself to do more than I ever thought I would.

What is an unusual or absurd habit or superstition you have that relates to training or racing?

The closest thing I can come up with is an absurd “habit” (according to my wife). I poop first thing in the morning, before I have coffee.

In the last 5 years, what is the behavior, habit or new belief that has most changed how you train?

I set my alarms for the week on Sunday evening, so it’s not something I can skip or forget about. Then, the night before, I put my workout clothes in front of the sink so they are all ready to go as soon as I wake up.

What advice would you give a friend your age who is just getting into triathlon? What advice should they ignore?

Have fun. We’re playing a sport as middle-aged adults. Don’t take it too seriously. Ignore all of the things people as you “have” to buy.

Stuart Rogers

What are bad recommendations for training that you hear a lot?

I try very hard to limit my consumption of non-Crushing Iron triathlon information because I don’t want to get sucked into the abyss. But, the worst recommendation I think people give about exercise in general is “no pain, no gain”. It’s just stupid and outdated.

In the last 5 years how have you changed your approach to nutrition? What are some specific benefits you’ve found?

I didn’t have an approach to nutrition 5 years ago. I didn’t realize people actually ate things during a half marathon. I’ve realized the importance, not only of in-race/workout fueling but also how much what I eat a few days before impacts my races/workouts. 

When you feel overwhelmed, unmotivated or distracted what kind of things do you do to get back in the game and re-center/focus? If helpful, what questions do you ask?

My frugality (cheap-ness) kicks in and I hate the thought of paying a coach and not doing what he tells me to do. Feels like I’d be throwing away money and I’m VERY opposed to that.

Of swim, bike, run, what is your toughest sport and what kind of things have you found helpful to improve?

Running is definitely the one I have the most opportunity to improve. Running often (5x/week) helps, as does having runs that are challenging but doable. I love listening to podcasts or audiobooks while I run. It helps the time go faster and I feel like I’m being ultra-productive. 

What is your “why” when it comes to triathlon and how do you keep it present in your mind?

My kids are my “why”. I want to be an example for them of living a healthy lifestyle and working hard at something.

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