Gettin’ Dirty: From Ironman to XTERRA Worlds in 12 Months with Derek Tingle

Derek Tingle (Podium Sports Medicine Team) has run two marathons. One open and one at the end of Ironman Lake Placid in 2016. He’s pretty convinced that marathons suck majorly and doing one at the end of an Ironman every year was not going to be his plan.

Returning to his mountain bike roots, Derek started picking up podiums in races around the Southeast, and found himself in the hunt for a trip to the XTERRA World Championships in Maui. 

His 2017 season finished off getting pummeled by the surf, and riding and running up hills so steep that remaining upright was a challenge.

We talk about transitioning from one form of triathlon to another, the feel and culture of an XTERRA or other off-road race as opposed to road triathlons, and why you can’t beat a good day racing in the woods.