“It’s that Military Special Tactics mind set that takes over and the mind says go go go!” Dai! Dai! Dai!

Dai Endurance’s Athlete of the Week is …. Shay Hampton! He is former military with a burning desire to compete at his highest level and stay healthy day to day. Shay is taking off soon to Sydney Australia to compete in the Invictus Games representing Team USA. “The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by Prince Harry. This year Sydney will host 500 competitors and 1,000 family and friends from 20-27 October. The Games will feature competition in 11 sports with events being held across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Harbour.” In preparation for these games we caught up with Shay and asked a few of our most common questions.

1. What do you do in real life?

I am medically retired Military, still trying to find my niche as a civilian but adaptive sports has pretty much taken all of my free time, I’m not complaining!! You meet and train with the BEST people!

2. What are your weaknesses?

Not knowing when to stop until it is too late! I run myself into the ground when it’s not necessary! It’s that Military Special Tactics mind set that takes over and the mind says go go go! I am in a different kind of combat now; I need to train my mind a new way!

3. Why are you training?

The main reason is to stay healthy, and with that comes competition! I am training to compete in the Invictus Games in Sydney Australia as a member of Team USA, as a matter of fact it is on the 20th to 27th of October, good times!

4. Do you partake in any Dai Endurance Classes/Training/Fitting?

I do, Julie Young is my coach that provides me with workouts to build my endurance! When I say workout it not just the physical part, Julie keeps me grounded, she makes adjustments to how I am feeling that day, or that week! She makes it work so that you optimize whatever you have to give that day! Julie also does something else that is extremely important to me, and should be to every athlete…she listens!! Thanks J!!

5. Favorite piece of technology for training?

I would have to say my smart trainer (Kickr Wahoo) no matter if the weather turns sour, or its not a good day to be outside mainly due to fires, I can put my bike on the trainer and it will give me feedback on what I am doing! Still, nothing beats the outdoors!

6. If you could spend 10 days anywhere, where would it be?

I have been literally around the world 3 times; I’ve set foot on every continent! My wife has heard all the stories of my travels, so if I could spend the 10 days it would be with her, in Italy! She’s never been, she wants to go, and I would love to show her!

7. Do you have a pre-ride/run food you like to have?

My wife sets me up with an “Access Bar” from Melaleuca, it is a must before I workout, there’s just nothing else that I have found that gives me that extra something of energy!

8. What is your favorite food to eat post training?

Just about anything, here’s the thing…I can’t smell or taste since my Traumatic Brain Injury, but I think Pasta would have to be at the top, as in spaghetti with Marinara type pasta!!

9. Do you enjoy coffee/espresso or tea?

What’s your preferred brand? I do, coffee black! Although I will have a pumpkin spice or toffee nut latte if my family is around because they love the smell! Since I lack the whole taste thing I cannot say I drink it for that reason so I’ll just be honest…its my drug of choice, I am addicted!! It is what it is!!

10.Why do you train with Dai Endurance?

Julie Young and DAI Endurance are not a run of the mill training facility, you get personalize service and attention, the way it should be because no two athletes are the same! Being an Injured Combat Veteran my injuries are not typical, a trainer needs to be aware of that to tailor the sessions to the ability or lack of for the athlete, DAI Endurance does exactly that, I couldn’t be happier with my performance!


Best of luck to you Shay in Australian at the Invictus Games!

 – Dai Endurance