Hi, my name is Tristan Jones and I am PhilaMassages’ sponsored athlete. Sports have been a major part of my life since very early childhood. I don’t remember it well, but I’ve been told that my parents had me swimming in our backyard pool in Australia when I was only a few months old and I loved it. Since then, swimming was my main focus until I finished university.
Over the years, swimming has allowed me to travel all over the world from New Zealand with our traveling state team to France with the Australian high school team to bringing me over to the U.S. for college at the University of Connecticut. Not only have I been able to visit a number of great places, I have made some great friends along the way, as well.
After college, I decided that I’d had enough of training and competing for a while and enjoyed a pretty sedentary lifestyle for a few years. It was a much needed break, from a mental standpoint as much as a physical one. I even swore that I would never swim again after the countless laps I had done in pools over the years.
When I got to the point of deciding that I needed to do something active again, I took to running with my then girlfriend, Alexis, who had a strong running background. She had also taken some time off after college and we decided to get fit together as we trained for our first marathon.
I learned the hard way that after years of swimming, my body wasn’t really suited to the constant stress being put on my joints from running so much, even if my aerobic capacity was good enough. I ended up getting a stress fracture in my ankle and that put a big damper on our training leading into the marathon. Without me there to motivate her, Alexis took some time off too and, although we completed the marathon that year, it was not a pretty sight.
At the end of 2010 we decided that it would be fun to try a triathlon. I would coach Alexis in swimming, she would help me with setting up a running training plan and we would just figure the bike out as we went. So much for never swimming again I suppose…
When our first triathlon rolled around, a sprint distance race in the Poconos called Black Bear, we were instantly hooked. Even with limited swim training, I was first out of the water but I then got to watch people fly by me for the rest of the race, especially on the run. Despite falling off towards the end, it was a great experience and I looked forward to getting stronger and faster as I tried to get my other two legs up to the same level as my swim.
Since then, my now wife and I have continued to push each other to keep training harder and harder, especially on those cold winter mornings when staying under the covers just sounds so much more enjoyable.
While the physical improvements and race results have been very enjoyable, it is the new group of friends that I have made so far on this journey that have really made it all worthwhile. Not only other competitors, but also our coach, Todd from Breakaway Bikes and the rest of the staff there who help to make sure that our bikes are always ready to go for training and race day.
As I continue to push the envelope further and further, especially trying to get a better base in on the running, I look forward to working even more closely with Brian and Natacha at Phila Massages to make sure that small issues don’t turn into injuries.
I hope to post updates on here every week or two about how training is progressing, race results and other things that are going on in my life so check back frequently!