Athlete of the Month, February 2010 - Tracy Macintire

Swim, Bike, Run
January 31, 2017

Mike Ricci



D3: Can you tell us a little bit about your sports background? Which sports did you do as a kid and as you got older?

Tracy: I grew up playing all the typical little league sports and continued playing baseball and football in high school. I started running in college and did my first marathon while in my surgical residency in Indianapolis.

D3: What is your current job and what do you do?

T: I am an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in Edmond, Oklahoma. The focus of my practice is maxillofacial reconstruction which involves surgery of the face, mouth and jaws.

D3: What was your motivation to get started in triathlon?

T: I completed the Chicago Marathon in October 2002 while in my residency. I loved the training and racing involved, but wanted more diversity in my workouts. Triathlons were a perfect fit.

D3: When and where was your first race?

T: My first triathlon was the Shelbyville Polar Bear triathlon in Shelbyville, Kentucky. It was in February of 2003, and consisted of a 1.6 mile run, a 6 mile bike ride, and finished with a 200 meter indoor swim. It was freezing cold, so they did the race in the opposite order we normally do triathlons. I struggled to finish each segment, but was thrilled that I could tell everyone I was now an "official" triathlete.

D3: You raced your first IM this year and came in well under your goal time, what do you think was the biggest contributing factor to your success?

T: Consistency was definitely the key to my success. Curt had dialed in very early in my training the volume I could handle from a recovery and a lifestyle standpoint. That allowed me to consistently get my workouts in and not feel I was neglecting other aspects of my life (well, most of the time anyway!) Since I had a training volume that fit my lifestyle, the workouts just became part of my week, so staying consistent was much easier.

D3: You also set PR's at the Olympic and 70.3 distance, which one are you most proud of?

T: I’m most proud of my 70.3 PR. My first 70.3 ever was on the same course with much better weather conditions, and I was able to take an hour and twenty five minutes off that time. It was the first time I felt I was competitive in a race and not just trying to finish.

D3: What is your favorite race and why?

T: My favorite race is Ironman Arizona. It was a great setting and the weather was perfect. I would suspect it's hard to beat your first Ironman experience.

D3: What are your long term goals in triathlon?

T: My long term goal is to keep competing. Each of us is susceptible to that moment when you move from being a triathlete to being the guy that used to be a triathlete. I want to be competing in triathlons for years to come..

D3: What's in your race future?

T: 2010 will be a year for 70.3 races.

D3: What's your favorite workout?

T: Anything on the bike.

D3: What your least favorite workout?

T: Any of them with the word "interval". You don't become a mediocre triathlete by doing intervals. It takes year of undisciplined, unstructured training to get that title!

D3: Tell us something interesting about you!

T: I'm the Facial Trauma Surgeon for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team. Go Thunder!

Coach Mike Ricci is the Founder and Head Coach for D3 Multisport.  His coaching style is ‘process-focused’ vs. ‘results-focused.’ When working with an athlete, their understanding of how and why they are improving is always going to take precedence over any race result. Yes, there is an end goal, but in over 2 decades of coaching, experience has shown him that if you do the right work, and for the right reasons, the results will follow.

Coach Mike is a USAT Level III Elite Certified Coach, Ironman University Certified Coach, and Training Peaks Level II Certified Coach. He was honored as the USAT Coach of the Year.

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