- Name: Andrew Gyenis
- Age: 18
- Hometown: Reston, Virginia
- Years involved in triathlon: 4
- School: Stanford University
- Other hobbies: Open water swimming, fishing, cooking, hiking
Think it’s impossible to balance being a d1 athlete, being a student at one of the nation’s best universities and triathlon training? Think again. Andrew Gyenis from Reston, VA does just that. In this first installment in the “YoungTri Athlete Feature” series, learn about what a typical week is like for him and how he got involved in triathlons.
Andrew is currently on the Stanford men’s crew team. Learn a bit about his schedule in this article, and stay tuned for Andrew’s commentary on balancing rowing and triathlon and their similarities and differences in the next part of the feature!
A bit about Andrew’s background and introduction to the sport:
"I grew up as a distance swimmer and loved the challenges and hard work involved with distance training. When I got to high school, it is recommended that we do a sport in the fall since it is a great way to meet new guys and it is a pretty small school (about 100 guys a class). The obvious choice for me was cross country, especially since I had a couple weeks off from swimming towards the end of August. I found that I had some talent in distance running and found success pretty soon as a freshmen. I had heard that the biking was the easiest discipline of a triathlon to pick up, so that summer I borrowed a friend’s bike that was way too small for me and signed up for a sprint triathlon. From then on I was hooked. My mom always told me before a race "If nothing else, have a great open water swim". There weren’t many open water race opportunities in my area for a 14 year old, so for a while my mentality was that I was getting in an open water race which just happened to have a fast bike and run afterwards."
Ok, so let’s be honest. It can be hard to stay motivated ALL the time.
One of the hardest parts of the holiday season is keeping up motivation. How do you stay motivated when you’re a collegiate athlete but you’re at home on break? How do you make yourself go to the gym when it’s snowing or when you’re not feeling up to it? And how do you make yourself eat well when so many tempations arise during the holiday season? (Hint: It is possible.)
I’ve found that the two keys to staying motivated are the two Ms: moderation and mentality. I have definitely struggled the most with the latter. Like many endurance athletes, I have a “Type A” extreme personality. Sometimes, I tend to hold onto the mindset that I need to eat PERFECTLY during the day, and that if I do not eat completely well and consume a little treat that makes it okay to have more throughout the day.
This mindset is FLAWED and NOT the way to stay motivated to eat healthy. The key to finding balance and motivation to eat well, to workout, or whatever it may be, is moderation. Don’t try to stick to extreme diets or starve yourself - it isn’t healthy. Rather, try alternatives; like eating healthy 6 out of 7 days per week and allowing yourself a treat one day a week. Or, if you can handle it, have something small a few days a week. Creating a plan that fits your personality and schedule can help you find balance in your life… and this can help you stay motivated!
This goes along with the second “M”… mentality. Keeping a positive mentality is the KEY to accomplishing your goals and staying motivated to do so. In order to do this, you may want to keep a journal, talk to friends about your goals, make your phone background a motivational quote, keep a goal list on your desk, print out pictures of yourself at happy times to keep you in a good state of mind, etc. Some of these things help me when I’m not feeling motivated.
The key thing to remember when it comes with the struggle to stay motivated is that YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE FEELING THIS WAY and that YOU CAN DO IT! Reach out to friends and follow the steps above, and you will be well on your way to accomplishing your goals :)
it can be hard to resist over eating baked treats during the holiday season!!!
IT IS POSSIBLE TO WORK OUT IN THE COLD!!! #staymotivated
Whether you like to do them before or after workouts, core sets are a great way to supplement the benefits of a traditional workout. I’ve tried countless core workouts… from my two year streak in middle school of doing 100 situps every day (I was weird. I didn’t ever miss a day. It was broken when I went to the hospital from stomach problems and couldn’t do them… haha) to more complex core sets at crew practices.
Along with many other triathletes, I like to keep core workouts as a part of my daily routine. Over the next few weeks or so, I’ll share some of my favorites with you!
This core workout is from beginnertriathlete.com. Check it out! It works all the different muscle groups, and has quite a few different parts… from traditional crutches to bridged leg lifts to heel touches. It took about 15 minutes or so.
The workout can be found here: http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/cms/article-detail.asp?articleid=486
The YoungTri executive board would like to take a moment to acknowledge those affected by Hurricane Sandy. This week’s horriffic storm has affected thousands, taken lives, and ruined homes. It has also caused lengthened power outages in many parts of the tri state area and beyond.
Click here to make a donation to the Red Cross to help those in need: http://www.redcross.org/hurricane-sandy?scode=RSG00000E017&subcode=paiddonationsbrand&gclid=CKK-nM3zsLMCFUKd4Aod52gAHA
I’m at school in Massachussets, but my parents sent me these pictures of my hometown back in New Jersey. This damage doesn’t even begin to represent what some other towns and families faced. Please take a moment to think about those affected and/or make a donation!
Thanks so much,
Caitlin & the YoungTri team
Some trees down in Glen Rock, NJ in the wake of the storm
Our college series & new features are coming soon!
College life has been busy but we’re ready to go… YoungTri!
-Patrick & Caitlin
The first month of college (and senior year) has been crazy for us YoungTri executive board members! Check back within the next week or so for our updated posts, news and such!
YoungTri shirt at the Weld Boathouse at Harvard!
Good luck to any YoungTri members heading off to college or at college! I leave tomorrow! #CB
YoungTri Launches YoungTri 2.0 - New Redesigned Website with More Resources for Members
YoungTri 2.0 launches today, as a new and improved way for young triathletes to connect, share their story and learn more about the sport.
YoungTri was launched on January 8th, 2011 with the intention to “connect young triathletes worldwide”. The organization does so through shared stories, ways to get involved, inspiration, information and more.
The YoungTri executive board decided to work on a “YoungTri 2.0” launch the past few months in an effort to redesign the organization. This relaunch of the organization is complete with an entirely new site redesign, new graphics and new pages.
The new YoungTri launch is focused on members and their dedication to the sport of triathlon. As always, registration for YoungTri is free and all young triathletes (or those aspiring to be!) should go tohttp://www.youngtri.com/register.html to register. Members are encouraged to share their story, connect with other members and learn more about the sport through the new site.
The YoungTri Executive Board looks forward to growing and expanding the organization over the coming years, with hopes of it continuing to become a go-to resource for young triathletes all across the world.
YoungTri was founded by Harvard University freshman Caitlin Begg. As an avid triathlete of seven years at the time (now almost nine), she wanted to take her love of the sport to the next level. Through her triathlon efforts, she was recruited as a Division 1 NCAA openweight crew athlete. She is a member of Harvard’s varsity women openweight crew team (Radcliffe). She has made many long-lasting friendships through YoungTri.
The YoungTri Executive Board is made up of four members - Patrick LaBrode, Aaron Lidawer, Alex Werden and Kaitlin Adams. Each have a column in the YoungTri Times newsletter and aid with various aspects of the site as well as ideas and development. The members of the Executive Board have all been a part of YoungTri for over a year.
Patrick LaBrode is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the varsity men’s swim team. He has competed in over 15 triathlons, including Junior Nationals in 2011. Aaron Lidawer began doing triathlons when he was 13 years-old. He is currently a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania where he is studying business. Alex Werden is a senior at Chapel Hill High School. He is student body president, and has as been racing in triathlons since he was twelve. He is also actively involved in the Swim For Smiles organization. Kaitlin Adams is s a freshman at Boston College where she is studying business. As a South Florida native, she started competing in triathlons at age 15 with her dad.
To find out more about YoungTri, visit the site at http://www.youngtri.com/.
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