Red's Athlete Highlight
The one, the only Tracy Gullett!
In 2014, Tracey signed up for his first triathlon - Aloha. Naturally , as there is nothing we don't love about swimming, biking, and
running with screaming muscles and no oxygen, he was hooked. Throwing caution (and some might say common sense) to the wind,
Tracy dove right onto the crazy train that is IRONMAN. And with in about a year of doing his first ever triathlon, Tracy destroyed, like
the destroyer bear he is, his first ever IRONMAN! If that doesn't say a hell of a lot about someone's grit, hustle and overall awesomeness
I don't know what else you could look for (tho there is one thing in the details below....who can figure out what Tracey did before
he caught the Ironman bug....!? The only hint I'll give is it's another sport with wheels....)
Tracy's First Triathlon.....................................................................................................................to his IRONMAN finish!!!! #TOUGHBEAR!!
Closest Advisors (partner, kids, dogs, pot-belly pigs….whoever you heart on a daily basis):
My wife - Cindy - and our daughters - Grace and Mara.
I also consult our cats - Speedy and Snickers - from time to time, but they are generally unhelpful.
Where did you grow up?
Newton, Iowa. Former home of Maytag. Now "famous" for Iowa Speedway. I was a farm kid.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Computer programming & Band
If you’re not from KC, how did you end up here?
We were in North Carolina for a year when I was dreaming of being in NASCAR, but we wanted to be closer
to family (Iowa) after Grace was born. KC was the best job market for me.
What area of town do you live in now?
Just outside Platte City... Missouri... Y'know, the exit with the QuikTrip on your way to Omaha... Oh, nevermind.
What were you into as a kid? Sports, music, etc
I was a band geek. But I also liked computers. So, y'know, I was pretty cool.
How did you get into triathlon?
I started running in 2010 to improve my fitness, and ended up running some marathons. I got to know Mike Coburn
in 2013, and he had done 7 Ironmans. So I figured, "How hard can it be?" I took a triathlon class at the YMCA.
Learned to swim (thanks, YMCA!), learned to breathe while swimming (Thanks, Liz!!), yadda, yadda, yadda,
I'm an Ironman. It was hard.
Are you racing this year? If so, what are you doing?
KC Tri (Sprint), Door County 70.3, and Des Moines Escape (Olympic). Also looking forward to the Boulder training weekend!
What else do you like to do besides triathlon (wait, there’s life outside triathlon?!!)
I seem to focus on one thing at a time. I used to race cars, then I started running, now I'm doing triathlons... What's next???
What makes you laugh?
My kids. And my own jokes. I'm hilarious.
If you were a color what would it be and why? (you better say Red. jus’ kidding)
To be honest, I'd say Gray. But I'm trying hard to shoot for Red!
What’s your favorite book?
I'm a slow reader and have a hard time sticking with books. But I did read all the Harry Potter books and "AWOL on the Appalachian Trail".
Can you change your own flat tire on a bike? (remember Liz reads this :)
Oh, yes. I've had plenty of practice in my short career.
Leave us with parting wisdom:
It doesn't matter what "normal" is or what others think you should be or do. Chase your dreams. Life goes by fast.