John Zielinski

5 yrs ago I started swimming when the life guard at the Y offered to give me lessons because it was obvious that I didn’t know how. I stayed with it until a friend suggested I try a sprint triathlon. I had such a good time that i continued to participate in endurance sports.

When/Where was your first triathlon?
Try Tri at SIUE.
What is your favorite and least favorite gel flavor?
Raspberry gel by Efuel is my favorite.
What is your favorite race?
Try Tri because it was my first.
What is the most challenging moment you’ve had during a race?
After the bike race at the st. Louis tri I got lost amongst the racks not finding where my bike spot was for a time.
What is your favorite place in or around St. Louis to train?
Al Foster park.
What is your favorite thing about triathlon?
The camaraderie.
What is the one piece of tri-geek gear you can’t live without?
Pop tarts
Tip for new (or veteran) triathletes?
Be honest with yourself and trust your coaches.