Meet Mitchell Nolan a native of Georgia now residing in Seattle, WA. Serving in the United States Navy for four years, Mitch took up triathlon only two years ago while stationed in Hawaii.
Mitchell hopes his triathlon journey can influence the young BIPOC community and somehow be a role model that kids can look up to if they were to be interested in triathlon/endurance sports.
GOALS & EXPERIENCES
If 2021 goes to plans, what would you like to accomplish in the endurance sports world? I desire to finish my first full distance Ironman event and qualify for Kona 2021.
Why do you compete in endurance sports? What’s your motivation?
I compete in endurance sports to give myself goals worth achieving and to push my body to the peak of human performance. I am motivated by the day-to-day process of working towards a big race or goal. I am humble, hungry and ready to wake up to get on the daily grind.
What is your favorite personal endurance sports accomplishment(s)?
My favorite endurance sports accomplishment would have to be racing Ironman 70.3 Augusta in 2019. This was my first triathlon and was a very humbling experience. After (what I thought I were) months of solid preparation, the race went a little something like this: The swim was awesome, the bike was fast and I blew up on the run. This experience truly opened my eyes to the training specifications and time I would have to dedicate in future endeavors if I want to
make it to Kona. I was truly humbled and this has motivated me to push harder/smarter in 2020.
How has your BIPOC identity shaped your personal experience in endurance sports? How do you hope to impact others? Over the past two years, my BIPOC identify has allowed me to connect with several individuals through endurance sports that I would have otherwise never even met. I hope to share my love, passion and knowledge of endurance sports with people of all demographics to broaden the diversity that we see within the triathlon and endurance sports community. I want to use my position to change the status quo that is associated with endurance sports and triathlon. I really hope to influence the young BIPOC community and somehow be a role model that kids can look
up to if they were to be interested in triathlon/endurance sports.