|Posted by benproko on July 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM|
Ben, who thinks of himself as a Jack of all Trades and a Master of None, has a tremendous athletic background for a 33 year old. And his perception of himself is a bit off because I believe he certainly is a master of quite a few things. First off, he is also known as THE Human Triathlon Encyclopedia. Go ahead- pick his brain and you will feel like you are scrolling through the endurance sports section of Wikipedia- it’s crazy! And you should HEAR the endless rattling off I have to listen to on long car rides- it is like he never stops analyzing, strategizing and formulating ideas, data, science and numbers pertaining to endurance training. But this is why his is such a phenomenal coach! He is THE MASTER of endurance coaching! He did not get to be this great over night. It took him years of being physically active in every sport you can clearly imagine, as well as learning from the dumbest of dumb mistakes he has made along the way. Dumb mistake example #1: Ben’s first triathlon was Ironman Buffalo Springs Lake 70.3 at the age of 19 (WHO DOES THAT? But more on that later- and trust me, it’s a great story!). Dumb mistake #2: He was wearing a Speedo…(I will just leave it at that). Mistakes #3-XX will be entered in blogs to come. Stay tuned.
Through grade school Ben competed in sports such as baseball, football and soccer. He also played the trumpet and performed in marching band. And I cannot leave out all of the handy outdoor skills we have benefited from during adventure races that he picked up as an Eagle Scout. At the University of Houston, Ben was again in marching band and participated in every intramural sport the school had to offer: Badminton, basketball, table tennis, track and field, soccer- you name it, Ben did it. During the summer of 2003 Ben tried out and made the cut to perform with The Caveliers (it’s okay, I had no idea who they were either, but after seeing their performances, I now think DCI bands are the coolest thing! Look them up on YouTube.) Spending a whole summer of marching 12-14 hours a day, only taking breaks to eat and sleep, equals hardcore! Ben considers it the hardest thing he has ever done- even harder than training and competing in an Ironman. Currently Ben is a full time elementary music teacher (let me hear it ladies- “aw how cute,” I know) who coaches and trains on the side as a hobby.
As I mentioned above, Ben jumped into the triathlon sport in the summer of 2001 at the young and naïve age of 19. Since then he has competed in 200 + multisport races including duathlons and adventure races. For many years he was uncoached and had to learn much of which needed to be known about the sport on his own. Eventually he aspired to coach others and help them achieve their goals as well as prevent them from making the same mistakes he did. Ben is now one of the few USAT Level II Certified coaches in the state of Texas. He is extremely passionate about what he does and strives to develop strong relational capacity with each client so that he may earn their trust and train them specifically to meet their individual needs. I am the most fortunate of ladies to be married to the man.
Jack of all Trades? Absolutely! Master of None? No way Ben! Mister Endurance Coach of the Century in my book- not to mention all round athlete, and amazing husband!