JUNE ATHLETE: BRAD EASTMAN

JUNE ATHLETE: BRAD EASTMAN

Jun 7, 2013

IRONMAN BRAD

BRAD EASTMAN – IRONMAN COMPETITOR, FATHER, and HUSBAND

Ironman Brad Eastman

Roots and Athletic uncovering – Endurance

My name is Bradford Eastman and I’m originally from the Northeast.  Although I was born in New Hampshire, I spent most of my youth in upstate New York in the suburbs of Syracuse.  I’m the oldest of three, with both a brother and sister in their collegiate years.

I may not have quite the physical strength of some of the other athletes spotlighted by Iron Authority, but have plenty of endurance to fill the void as I am an endurance sports athlete within the sports of distance running and triathlon (three disciplines – swimming, cycling, and running).  I began running in middle school at age 12 when I joined both the cross country and track teams for the school I then attended in New York.  Prior to finding running I tried every sport to in search of my talent and acceptance, and finally found a home with running realizing my talent was endurance (manifested in all forms), and a community for which my personality would thrive.  Oddly enough, endurance has served as the foundation of not just my athletic career but also my personal and professional life and opened doors never thought imaginable.

Seven years ago, after leaving the “right coast” to follow my professional career to the Midwest and St. Louis area I was blessed with an opportunity to meet my now wife Sarah.  One thousand miles from home, and not a single friend in the area, I turned to what has always been home, the endurance sports community and discovered a true gem, my now wife of four years.  At the time, neither of us knew of each other, but both raced for the same team.  It wasn’t until a race in Memphis, Tennessee that my life changed and I met awesomeness in female form.  Little did I know that just a post race casual group conversation would turn into years of courting (endurance), ending happily married just three years later.

Brad Eastman

Enduring Enthusiasm – Passion and People

My passion for long distance running and triathlons is fueled by four main arteries.  The most obvious is the training.  There is no feeling in the world that can trump the feeling of being on top-of-the-world after enduring and persevering through a tough workout.  Complimenting the hard workouts is what the endurance sports community calls the “distance days” where it’s not about intensity, but rather what I see as an opportunity to truly embrace the activity (running, swimming, or cycling) and be one with your body, relax, and just let go of the world and let the mind wonder wherever it wants to go.  Of the quadripartite, my favorite aspect is that my wife shares the same passion for both sports as I do.  There is nothing better than sharing in a passion with a spouse.  Being able to train, complete, and live a lifestyle that fully embodies a healthy, drug-free, and active lifestyle is something truly special.  My wife and I have had the privilege of training and competing together in a number of high profile events including world class marathons, half marathons, Ironman triathlons, and Half Ironman triathlons and Olympic distance triathlons.  The last component is the community of people involved in these sports.  The endurance sports community is one unique to its own.  Since getting involved with the community in my youth, I have always found the community to be supportive, fun, good-spirited, and optimistic.  Competitors, training partners, or complete strangers, all are considered friends among this population, and that is not necessarily a trait found in other recognized sports that I’ve been witness to.  The close knit community is born out the individuality of the sport enhanced by the very nature of commonality and all must endure the same amount of pain (distance) regardless of demographics or physical condition.

Brad Eastman

Enduring Attitude – Sea of Optimism

Growing up, I’ve always been competitive, never wanting to settle with what I could have, but always striving for what was considered unachievable.  If there was a fork in the road, one road full of obstacles and the other a clean path, I would always choose the harder of the two simply because I wanted to demonstrate there is no such thing as impossible.  The power of a positive attitude is almost unimaginable, but has been a huge benefit in my athletic career as I completed races such as the 12-hour long, 140.6 miles long Ironman Triathlon finishing within the top 20% among the most competitive age group in the race.   Believing and trusting in my training, empowered me with the endurance necessary to accomplish such a feat.  Despite a last minute injury in December of 2012 and a refusal to let the prior 4 months of training for the January 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon be lost because I defeated myself mentally before the race even began.  Instead, the minor setback served as motivation to accomplish my goal, and accomplish I did finishing in the top 1% of all 10,095 male finishers.

Little did I know how soon my endurance and optimistic attitude would be challenged again just two months after this year’s Walt Disney World Marathon as I found myself signed up for a race I never trained for (or so I thought); I was diagnosed with a baseball sized brain tumor that would require almost immediate life-threatening surgery.  Now six weeks post surgery, optimism remains the cornerstone of my recovery, and although there’s a long road to being able to lace up the shoes and compete again, I’m convinced it’s not a matter of if, but when.  The day will soon arrive when my wife and I can soon again get back to sharing in a passion which brought us together in the first place.  Until then, the community continues to be there for my family as I continue through the recovery process.

Brad Eastman

Control the Bar – Own the Bar

I know this may not relate directly to the power lifting community, but my story is all about the value of attitude and how it relates to performance. I believe Jimmy Valvano said it best during his 1993 ESPY speech, “Don’t give up….don’t ever give up.” The ability to endure all obstacles, whether physical or mental will only be achievable by way of a positive mental attitude. To the power lifting community, control the bar with attitude which will yield the endurance required to meet your goals, and then the bar will be yours to own.

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  1. Josh Hunt /

    Brad has been one of my best friends for going on 15 years. He has inspired me in ways I can’t even begin to articulate. This article is a great read, it is disgustingly optimistic without being disgustingly optimistic.

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