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Billy Edwards

GU Athlete

Nickname Billy the Kid
Birthdate December 9, 1977
Birth City Louisville, KY
Current City Boulder, CO
Sport Triathlon and Ultra-cycling.
Doing sport since? My first run road race with dad at 7.
Proudest athletic accomplishment of 2011? Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1200km ride across France and back. I rode without follow-on support and out of 5000 riders finished within the supported racers tied for 24th in 48:46 total time! There was no sleep, and I was on the rivets for two days of hilly riding.
Most memorable moment participating in your sport? At this point, coaching has more lasting memories than my individual accomplishments, so Navy being announced as the National Overall Champions in 2009 and Women’s Champions in 2011. My collegiate athletes passion makes me proud.
Plans and goals for 2012? I am shooting for the elusive 9 hour barrier in Ironman, riding to a hopefully record setting team on TEAM4MIL (8 man RAAM team) as we bring awareness to the Wounded Warrior Project and coaching the Navy team to another National title.
What’s your go-to GU product? Vanilla Orange Roctane.
How do you use it? For the Ironman bike, I have a bottle of 16 Vanilla-Orange Roctanes, mixed with a little water. It is my main nutrition for the 112 miles to set me up for a great run.
What characteristics do you most respect in your competitors I want my competitors to own it. If you are great, be proud; if you sucked, admit you had a bad day- no excuses.
What drives you to keep going? I love being out in places you can’t enjoy in a car and love the chance to compete.
What do you enjoy most about your sport? I enjoy the people of triathlon. The training, racing, and coaching are all so much fun because I am around such great people with a passion for being active no matter the speed or ability.
Favorite city you’ve raced in? Madison, Wisconsin for Ironman MOO! That is one tough course, but the best atmosphere from the T1 Helix to the hills on the bike, to the amazing drunken spirit lining the run course.
Do you have any words of advice, or tips and tricks for aspiring triathletes? Have fun.
Three things people don’t know about you? My wife is a bad-ass athlete. That iron-wo-man has NCAA All-American swim trophies!, My parents are amazing sports supporters- Mother with Girls on the Run and my father on the National RRCA Board, I am not an only child. I lost my little sister to depression in 2006, she was an All-American high school runner. Depression is a disease and can affect amazing people. Give your loved ones a hug.
Top 5 hobbies when you’re not swim/bike/running? Listening to Sports Talk Radio, watching live or on TV all sports, hanging out with my daughter, Paige, Hiking in the Colorado front range, and snowshoeing in the winter.
What personal causes are you involved in? Riding for Team4Mil (www.team4mil.org) bringing more awareness to the Wounded Warrior Project and it’s amazing athletes of our armed services.

Billy Edwards