By Laura Gonzalez ’15, Campus Recreation Services, Communication Assistant
Few Terps can say they have completed an Ironman and fewer can say they finished first place when they did it. Senior, kinesiology major, Kevin Levi-Goerlich can.
He placed first in his age group in the Lake Placid, NY, Ironman competition that qualified him to compete in the 2014 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Ironman World Championship this past October.
“Crossing the finish line and knowing I had made it triggered a huge emotional reaction,” Levi-Goerlich said, “It was such a hard day that I had to truly fight to get to the finish line.”
His first encounter with the Ironman triathlon occurred as it does for many: with the annual NBC coverage after the Ironman World Championship. The race organized by the World Triathlon Corporation consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride and a 26.2 mile marathon run.
“I never thought about competing in Ironman, but found the idea of pushing myself to the limit intriguing,” Levi-Goerlich said.
When he came to UMD, he joined Maryland Triathlon and began competing whenever he could. Now, he balances full-time student status, part-time employment, being Vice President of the triathlon club, being a member of the Campus Recreation Advisory Board (CRAB) and competitive athlete training.
His intensive athletic training consists of 15 – 25 hours of working out per week. During the 11 months leading up to the world championship, Levi-Goerlich completed four rides, runs and swims and two strength and conditioning workouts per week.
He joined the triathlon club as a freshman and was president for 18 months prior to his current position of vice president.
“Some of my best friends have been made through triathlon club,” Levi-Goerlich said, “Through the hours spent on the bike, in the pool and running we see each other at our best and worse. This brings us together as teammates.”
After graduation this spring Levi-Goerlich plans to attend the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore and complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy program there. His love for triathlons will no doubt be incorporated in the next chapter of his life.
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