Name: Eric Hinman
Tell us about yourself. I’m an entrepreneur from 9-5 and exercise in the morning and evening. I’m optimistic, passionate, and a creature of habit! When I try something, I normally go “all in”! I enjoy entertaining, appreciate good food, and like to travel. I live in downtown Syracuse with my girlfriend, Jillian D’Amcio and six year old boxer, Madison.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up? I’ve been involved in triathlon for three years. My friend, Charlie Breuer got me into road biking, which eventually led to signing up for my first triathlon – Cazenovia. Triathlon has since become a lifestyle.
Who is your Hero? Passionate people who take on challenging problems, overcome adversity, and succeed inspire me. Elon Musk comes to mind.
What is your athletic background? I played three sports in high school (including track and cross country) and played basketball for one year in college. In college, I become a regular at the gym. After college, I learned fitness isn’t how big your biceps are! I began crossfit-type workouts in 2008 and enjoyed the high intensity. I began supplementing the strength training with cardio, and signed up for some 5k’s, 10k’s, & 15k’s. In 2010 I tackled my first triathlon and was instantly hooked.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? My first triathlon was Cazenovia sprint in 2010. I started swimming 3 weeks before the race. I had to sidestroke and backstroke my way through the swim. As I passed people on the bike, I couldn’t help but think I should be yelling “slow swimmer coming through”. I finished third and was excited beyond belief. It wasn’t until later that day, I learned there was another “elite” wave that had 20 people. They all had a faster time than I! Being a fierce competitor, it left me hungry for more, so I signed up for the Skinnyman. The most memorable thing I noticed about triathlon is how close-knit the community is. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and rooting for each other. It’s amazing to see competitive people all trading their secrets and helping each other. I’ve met some of my closest friends through triathlon.
What is your favorite race and why? My favorite race is Ironman Lake Placid, specifically my first one in 2012. I participated in the race with many of my closest friends. We all shared in the uncertainty of how our mind and body would perform in a grueling endurance race. Entering the water with 2,500 athletes waiting for the cannon to go off, gave me butterflies I’ll never forget. Subsequently, passing through the village of Lake Placid on the bike and run, listening to thousands of people cheering, produced an adrenaline rush second to none. Having so many friends, family, and supporters at the race meant the world to me. When I crossed the finish line, it was empowering and a relief to have finally finished!
What was your worst race and why? My worst performing race was Kona 2013. Training consumed my life throughout 2013 and my fitness peaked at the perfect time (in October). I expected to perform well in Hawaii, even in non-customary conditions (heat + wind). The day before the race, I was sick. Unfortunate timing to say the least! During the race, I couldn’t keep anything down on the bike; it turned into a porta-potty crawl. Thoughts of quitting entered my mind. It was a mental battle to keep going, but the reward of finishing and earning a medal was well worth it.
What races are on your race calendar for 2014? IM Texas 70.3. IM Syracuse 70.3, IM Lake Placid, IM Kona (fingers crossed that I qualify!). I’ll also compete in some of the local races (Du The Lakes, Green Lakes, Cazenovia, & Skinnyman) depending on what my Coach, Mike Corona lets me do! I always blame it on him if I can’t race!
What are this year’s goals? In 2014, I’d like to return to Kona. I’m out for personal redemption. I need to race well at IM Lake Placid to qualify.
In five years you hope to … : Over the next five years, I’d like to continue living a healthy lifestyle; training, racing, eating healthy and continuing to meet all the wonderful people in the triathlon community. I’d like to make Kona an annual trip – who doesn’t love Hawaii?
Something most people don’t know about you: While racing, I think about how delicious chocolate milk is going to taste at the finish line. It motivates me to go fast! Also, I’m addicted to Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.