Bayshore Triathlon and Beyond
It’s no secret that physical therapists tend to be athletically inclined as they use various fitness motivations to heal and inspire their patients. Physical therapists are trained to understand the possibilities and limitations of the human body and practice accordingly in a plethora of settings, including sports rehabilitation. Jeff B. is one Advanced Medical traveler pushing personal fitness goals to incredible heights.
Jeff recently completed the Bayshore 70.4, a triathlon in Long Beach, CA. Although not officially an “Ironman” branded event (2.4 mile swim,112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run), the grueling triple consisted of a 1.3 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run to the finish; all without a break.
This was the first triathlon test for Jeff, as he started his intensive training 4 months ago with a strong focus on the swim and bike portions of the event, since he has already run (only) 13 marathons. Did I mention he has completed 13 MARATHONS?! With an aspiration to finish the race in under 6 hours, Jeff brought the drama…as he crossed the finish line in 5 hours and 59 minutes. “I was most encouraged by the fact I felt stronger as the race went on,” Jeff confidently reported. This bodes well for Jeff’s push to complete the Ironman Florida 140.6 in 2015.
Jeff hails from Arlington, Ohio, a small town in the northwest part of the state. After graduating from the University of Findlay in 2009, Jeff worked in a HealthSouth rehab hospital for 3 years. Now in his second year as an Advanced Medical traveling therapist, Jeff is enjoying new places and diverse experiences with a special guest: his wife Melissa. Melissa is a certified occupational therapist and teams with Jeff on the road to excellent reviews. Jeff is (insanely) striving to run a marathon in each and every state; and I thought my goal to strictly “visit” every state was ambitious.
One standout event on the horizon consists of running the Grand Canyon, a 44.5 mile
hike/run that brings a daunting 28,000 feet of elevation change and is considered an “ultra distance” event, meaning it is a longer distance than a marathon. Jeff feels that endurance sports give him a solid perspective on how physical therapy can push the body past what the mind thinks is possible. We look forward to updates from Jeff on his accomplishments and perhaps a future Advanced Medical sponsorship could be in the cards. Until next time…