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Joe Fleenor

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2014 BEAT President

Joe Fleenor

1.  Give us some background information.  Where are you from?  Tell us about your family.  Tell us about your profession/work.  Share your hobbies/passions/interests.

I’m one of the few native Nashvillians in town, having grown up in Mt. Juliet and moving to Franklin 6 years ago.  I met my wife, Catherine, while attending the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and we got married soon after we graduated nearly 10 years ago.  We have a 10 month old daughter, Madeleine, and just received word that we’ll be expecting our second child this Fall.  I currently work for The Rainmaker Companies, a training/consulting/alliance firm working exclusively in the accounting industry.  My prior experience includes consulting for the United States Tennis Association and serving as Managing Editor for a local newspaper in Mt. Juliet.  My wife is a RN at St. Thomas Midtown (the hospital formerly known as Baptist Hospital) and is currently serving as Senior Lean Coordinator.

2.  What is one fun fact about you?

I’m a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan.

3. How did you get interested in triathlons?  When did you start training for triathlons? Which race was your first triathlon and where was it?

I woke up one day 4 years ago and decided I wanted to do a triathlon.  I don’t know what sparked the interest since I didn’t have any friends who had done one and had never really talked with anyone about them.  I “Googled” more info on triathlons in Nashville and found Janet Byers’ contact info and reached out to her.  The rest is history (she’s a great sales person).  My first race was a Sprint Tri in Pulaski while riding a hybrid bike I borrowed from my father-in-law.

4.  Which of the following is your strongest and weakest discipline and why: swimming, biking or running? 

Strongest is probably the wrong word, but I’m most comfortable with the swim despite the fact I train the least in this discipline.  I was a competitive swimmer as a kid and have always felt natural in the pool.  My weakest has always been the bike.  That will hopefully change now that I’m putting in work at Endeavor Performance (shameless plug for our great BEAT sponsor).

5.  What obstacles, if any, have you overcome in order to train for and race in triathlons?

I have a 10 month old and another baby on the way.  ‘Nuff said.

6.  What is your most memorable/favorite race and why? (Doesn’t have to be a triathlon)

Xterra Lock 4 Blast – It wasn’t my favorite race, but it was my most memorable because my friend and I did it as a Relay (I swam and ran, he biked) and we finished on top of the podium (my first and probably last)

7. What races are you planning for/training for in 2014?

Tom King Half Marathon (March)
Rev3 Knoxville Olympic Tri (May)
Tough Mudder (June)
Chattanooga Waterfront Olympic Tri (July)
Fall Creek Falls Olympic Tri (August)
Riverbluff Half Iron (September)

8.  What’s one piece of equipment/gear that you can’t live without?

9. How long have you been a BEAT member?  Why did you join BEAT and what is your favorite thing about the club?
Joined 4 years ago to meet people who shared my same interest who could teach me what the hell I was supposed to do.

10. If you could give one piece of advice to a beginner triathlete, what would it be?
Get plugged in with the group.  It truly helps.


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