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Posted On February 1, 2007 By In Spotlight And 1047 Views

Terrance Tippett

Occupation: Conference Call Attendee

How did you get into triathlon? Wanted a new goal, so I signed up for Ironman, and then the next day I went and bought a bike.

How long have you been doing triathlon? Two years

Favorite workout? Any that I can just have fun, lately that’s been swimming (Fat Floats). Running has been tough lately to enjoy.

Do you have training partners? Yes, any sucker I can get to go do it with me.

Best Race? Best over all, of course, Ironman Arizona Triathlon for all that it is…But I enjoy racing in general. I always have fun with it and never have regrets.

Worst Race? This is hard because they are always fun, but all have their stories. Texas Man Tri ’05, when it took me over 6 minutes to find my bike in the transition area. RiverCities Tri ’05 when my seat post dropped in the 1st mile and I had to stop and adjust it 5 times. But I was still able to average above 20 MPH on the bike.

Why do you do triathlons? To fight genetics and heredity!

What’s next for you? Ironman Arizona ’07. It was such an awesome experience I wanted to do it again.

Most embarrassing moment doing sports? I don’t embarrass easily, but it was pretty crazy when I hit a pot hole at the St. Croix Half Ironman Triathlon in ’05 right in the middle of town with probably the largest crowd on the course watching me as I went flying over my handle bars, that was a good one.

Running Shoe that you wear? Saucony, have tried others but I just like something about them.

What time do you wake up? If I am trying like I should, 5:30am. Normal day with no alarm, 7-7:30am. And this is amazing for me since before the age of 25, 10am was early for me.

Favorite song to train to?  Well since triathletes aren’t supposed to wear head phones, I don’t train to music much.  But in my MP3 Player I have a vast array from Eminem/Snoop Dogg/Dr. Dre to Buddy Holly’s Rave On, Dave Matthews and Blues Travels to Ozzy Osbourne, and some crazy stuff like the Hooters and Falco’s One Night in Bangkok, and for fun I have Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust, We will Rock you/We are the Champions and the Rocky themes songs. Yes, from all movies (except the most recent). They are basically the same, but they are different (Rocky IV has Survivor, and Rocky V has some Flavor Flav).

Out of all three sports, which is your favorite? Swimming, right now (Again Fat Floats), which has an interesting story behind it. But I won’t go into that here.

What kind of food do you eat during a workout? During workouts, Granola bars, Power Bars, and GU. And my secret homemade formula of Perpetuem.

Favorite food (regular)?  This is tough. I like all food equal, but I need regular doses of Chipotle, and Two Rows. I go through phases, though.

Spouse/Significant Other?  Emily, it is amazing she continues to put up with me.

Other sports interest?  I love Basketball. Action packed, lots of scoring and running. Very exciting. But I stink at it. I am very marginal at my best.

Something that you like to do that is not sports related?  Eat, drink beer, watch TV, and,  like working out, I hate thinking about it. But once I start, I really enjoy the Zen like feeling I get from mowing my yard.

Favorite TV show/ TV show/movie?  Currently my show is Heros. I also like Monk, Dead Zone, The Closer, and Save Me. Movies, I have tons. I like a lot of 1980-1990 movies since that was my era. But I like a variety. Star Wars, Rocky’s, Better Off Dead, Breakfast Club, Grosse Point Blank,… I could gone on and on about cool movies. One I watched fairly recently that really made me think was Adaptation. Very different from the others.  But still very cool.

Hometown? Born in Kiaserslautern, W. Germany, but spent the first few years of my life in Lawton, OK.  But I consider myself from Dallas, since 20 out of 30+ years have been spent in and around here, and my family has very deep Texas roots.

Interesting fact about yourself?  This is the one question I had trouble answering. There is really nothing interesting about me, I am pretty average.

What do you like to do to get away from triathlon? Don’t know yet. I haven’t been at it long enough to want to get away from it. But I do try and go someplace with a beach at least once a year,. Although the past two beach trips have included triathlons.

Quotes: I have several that I like…..but an original quote I like to use a lot lately is: “To be inspirational, one must live inspired.”

Good hearted and jovial, Terrance Tippett also puts on one of the best, if not THE best underground race in DFW. It’s called, appropriately enough, The Fatman 5K. If you read last month’s PTN, you read about his race entry form. The cash awards go to the charity of the winner’s choice. You have to receive an invitation to know about it. “I am one of the world’s biggest procrastinators and am surprisingly very lazy, which is a bad combination.”

At last year’s Ironman, Terrance wore a shirt that said “I am Fatman.” (Pictured) Just feet before the finish line, he stopped and turned his shirt inside out. It read “I am Ironman.”

Chris Phelan has written, laid out, photographed, and published The Phast Times News since 2001. He’s crisscrossed Texas on his bike three times, swam 5 miles across Lake Ray Hubbard three times, completed three Ironman triathlons, and has represented the US in completion three times, and run with the Olympic Torch. He maintained All-American status for five years and has also biked across the country, 3600 miles in 30 days. The running/triathlon coach has PR’s of 2:27 marathon, 15:40 5K, 3:55 at the Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred, and 10:00:52 Ironman. Chris is the only person to have won overall and Master’s at Dallas’ Crosson Dannis road racing series, DRC road racing series, and the USAT/SMW duathlon series. In 1988 he began Dallas’ oldest track workout, 1998 started north Texas’ first treadmill class, and 2003 he founded the world-wide Ride Of Silence. He’s been twice nominated Master’s Road Runner of the Year, highlighted in a variety of magazines and is frequently asked to speak at camps and organizations about fitness. Outside of swimming, biking, and running, Chris has summited several mountains including Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.