Peak Performer

By Hannah Wallace Photography by Ted Mase December 1, 2010

Ben Hanan, 40, is the managing partner for the Sarasota office of Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP. Triathlons keep him on his toes.

Why triathlons? I played a lot of tennis growing up in Sarasota, but when I came back here after school I realized I couldn’t fit into somebody’s else’s schedule. Running I could do at 5:30 in the morning and still see my kids at night when I got home. I was training for a marathon and messed up my knee, so I started biking. Around 2003 I watched my wife cross the finish line for the Siesta Key Triathlon, and I thought, “I could do that.”

Accomplishments? I did a Half-Ironman in Miami [1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run]. I’ve also competed in two 10-hour adventure races, which involve things like off-road mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, orienteering and running. Anything to change it up.

Training schedule: I normally try to get in four to six days a week. Start with boxing at Uppercut Fitness on Monday mornings, Wednesday I’ll bike or swim, Thursday run, Friday mornings I rope one of my daughters into swimming with me, Saturday or Sunday I try to get in a longer bike or run. That’s all depending on life getting in the way.

Do you adjust your training based on the race? Absolutely. Some distances I can fake. The Half Ironman, I’d say you start a good four to six months out. Anything shorter than that, as long as I’m in reasonable shape [I can compete]. I’ve graduated past the “I have to kill myself to save 3.5 seconds” phase. Now I’m just out there to complete it.

Advice? Don’t be afraid. There’s a wonderful triathlon community in Sarasota. The local races are great for beginners. It’s not a cutthroat environment. There’s lots of room in the water and on the street for all the participants.

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