Gayle Minard

 

OCCUPATION: Trauma surgeon and medical educator, soon to be retired 

AGE GROUP: 65-69

SPORTSTriathlon, riding motorcycles on the track, wake surfing,

downhill skiing, kayaking…

 

YEARS IN MULTISPORT: 25+

YEARS BEING A TERRAPINA long damn time…

WHY YOU LOVE BEING A TERRAPIN: The camaraderie!

BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Completed 11 Ironman's, raced in world long course

triathlon championship 3 times in Australia, Spain & France

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  Above, plus I have run 2  marathons

(without a swim & a bike in front of them), Memphis St. Jude at which I qualified for and then ran Boston.

UPCOMING GOALS:  I ended up taking a break for about seven years. I started back training with the plan to race in 2020. Oh well, Covid. I’m now recovering from a hamstring injury (wake surfing) and hope to race by the end of this season.

FUN FACTS:  Not suitable for public view!

BIGGEST INSPIRATION: Michelle Bingham who has come back from lots of musculoskeletal issues with coaching, PT, and a lot of patience to be able to race long distances including 100 miles.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Neuromas in both feet (which start hurting after about an hour on the bike or running), now hamstring injury

MOST MEMORABLE RACE: Ironman Wisconsin 2003 podium spot-5th in age group

FAVORITE RIDING ROUTE: Currently, over the Harahan bridge to ride around Dacus lake on my mountain bike

FAVORITE RUNNING ROUTE: Touring runs almost anywhere. My most challenging runs are on the hilly gravel roads in Waterloo, AL

 

WHAT YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT MULTISPORTMy team mates and training

FAVORITE RACEIronman Wisconsin

FAVORITE GEARCervelo p3c with electronic shifters

COACHMichelle Bingham, Be Fit and Train

 

RESOURCES OR TOOLS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUTWell fitted running shoes, and a COACH! Training yourself, especially at my age, is not self evident, and requires a different approach than when younger.

 

FAV FUELReal food, but just drink water on rides /runs and eat Cliff bars or CarBoom

FAVORITE BEERWine 

FAVORITE POST-ENDURANCE DAY INDULGENCEFrench fries!

MANTRADon’t play the “what if” game