Gary Ditsch

Brief look at my current involvement in endurance sports:

I completed my first marathon in May of 1999. While I felt that I had accomplished something great, there was a burning question, “Can I run faster?” That single question has lead to many of the goals that I have set ever since, whether in the classroom or the race course. As I continued to pursue endurance goals, I witnessed these pursuits impact many areas of my life. The goal of becoming “faster” lead me to realize that fitness and exercise (healthy living) was a complete style of living.

Through all the academic work and miles logged, I have found a few things that help make an athlete “successful.” Time, Humility, Patience, Motivation and Dedication. There are definitely others that are important, but finding the perfect balance with those five can lead towards great progress.

My personal pursuits continue. Having qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2003 (and a couple times since), my running goal will be a lifetime pursuit to complete a marathon in every state. After spending time competing and training for shorter distance triathlons from 2001 through 2005, I completed my first iron-distance race in 2006. Upon finishing that first iron-distance race, I was left thinking, “Can I go faster?”

Having completed an iron-distance triathlon or Ironman event every year from 2006 through 2009, I have taken a step back from racing long. I’m excited to dedicate some years to making the members of Endurance Base Camp achieve their goals in this endurance journey, as I try and learn what it feels like being fast again.

My Education related to exercise:

MS in Kinesiology and Health Promotion
University of Kentucky
Program: Health Promotion
May, 2004

BS in Education
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Major: Exercise Science
December, 2001

Current Certifications:

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
USA Triathlon Level One Certified Coach

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