Dai Endurance Athlete of the Week is Lance Hooper

Q: What do you do in real life?

A: In real life I’m a teacher.

Q: What are your weaknesses?

A: Stay positive, have fun, and relax.  I sometimes forget that riding is fun.  Some days things just don’t go my way and it’s my choice how I react to the challenges coming my way.

Q: Why are you training?

A: I am training because there are a lot of things I want to accomplish on a bike.  My long-term goal is to do some mountain bike stage racing. And I also want to do a gravel ride on one of those beer bikes.

Q: Do you partake in any Dai Endurance Classes/Training/Fitting?

A: I’m lucky to have Julie coaching me as I learn to ride and race a bike.  I am really new to this bike thing and I’ve learned a lot from Julie in a very short time.  Who knows, by this time next year I might not need to bring a first aid kit.

Q: What’s your ideal sporting event to attend or compete?

A: If I could run again it would be an ultra.  Without a doubt it would be a 50k in the Marin Headlands on a cold, rainy, foggy, and sloppy day.  So much fun!

Q: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on a bike ride?

A: I haven’t actually seen anything strange on a bike.  I think it’s probably because I’m so focused on not crashing.

Q: What is your favorite food to eat post training?

A: Immediately after a hard workout I will drink some sort of recovery drink.  If it’s on sale it works for me. Although, back in the day, I found cold pizza and Sierra Nevada at the trailhead hit the spot!

Q: How do you stop yourself from eating unhealthy foods?

A: Don’t buy them.  I’ve been knuckles deep in a jar of peanut butter more times than I can count.

Q: What’s the strangest or most embarrassing crash you’ve ever had?

A: I have had quite a few crashes on the bike but none I would put as strange or embarrassing.  Oh, I did crash into the camera guy in Heckle Hollow last year at Rodeocross. Does that count?

Q: What do you think about during long training rides/runs/workouts to stave off the boredom?

A: I probably have dozens of popcorn thoughts.  Ya know the ones that pop into your head and then are gone just as quickly as they arrived.  Most of them really don’t make any sense or even matter.

Q: Why do you train with Dai Endurance?

A: I train with Dai Endurance because I’m smart enough to know I have I have no idea what I’m doing.