I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Andy Potts, a professional triathlete, a few times over the past few years. What a genuine guy and great ambassador to triathlon! Yea, he went to Michigan (boo), but being an Illini alum, I’ll let it slide only because I admire him so much, plus he’s a fellow swimmer. 😉
Anyway, he was kind enough to answer of a few of your questions:
Q: When/where was your moment of truth/when did you know you wanted to go pro and why? And what will you do upon retiring?
A: Retiring? What is that? I plan to do this sport for the rest of my life. I found triathlon back in 2002 and as soon as I did my first one I was hooked. I did three races in 2002 and then turned pro in 2003. I started doing triathlons not because I knew it would provide me a career but because I needed an outlet for my competitiveness. I had worked a few jobs after graduating from The University of Michigan and I was still unsure what to do for a job and then I found triathlon, before I knew it, triathlon had become my career.
Q:What are your hobbies outside of the tri world?
A: I love hanging out with my kids (I have two). I enjoy reading and mostly hanging out with my family.
Q: What’s your greatest mental challenge and how do you overcome it?
A: I am challenged mentally everyday. There are obstacles that I have to overcome on a daily basis and making small steps can be just as important as huge hurdles. Knowing when and how to push my mind and body so I can constantly improve is difficult but I keep at it and celebrate small and big victories alike.
Thanks Andy and best of luck this season!