Jon Shea, Dai Endurance Athlete of the Week

What do you do in real life?

I am a technology consultant. My company is focused on software systems implementations for mid-market businesses.

What are your weaknesses?

I tend to over-train – which inevitably leads to some kind of overuse injury, burnout or other complication.

Why are you training?

For life, generally. I don’t really have any specific athletic goals from a performance perspective, but I like to be able to jump into various adventures when the opportunity presents itself – whether that’s a gravel or mtb race or an ultra-run, mountain climb etc.

Do you partake in any Dai Endurance?

Currently working with one of the training programs. I have also worked with Julie on bike fitting – which has been a huge help.

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

I have a background in long distance running and high altitude mountain climbing so I generally like long sufferfests. In the last few years though I have been cycling more and more. I’m a big fan of fondos. With a fulltime job, kids and a graduate school it’s tough to stay as competitive as I would like, so participating in slightly more laid-back events is a great fit for me as opposed to XC racing.

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

I’ve had a few interesting run ins with “nature”. I have seen a few mountain lions while night riding – which is always good motivation to pedal faster. I also had a bat fly directly into my face during a ride at dusk – I learned a lot of rabies exposure from that.

What is your favorite food to eat post training?

Beer. That’s food right ?

How do you stop yourself from eating unhealthy foods?

No comment.

What’s the strangest or most embarrassing crash you’ve ever

had?

Oh jeez, you mean other than the first time I tried clipless pedals… in my kitchen. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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

What kind of beer I would like when I finish….or, not much at all really, I just kind of let myself tune out.

Why do you train with Dai Endurance?

After an initial bike fitting with Julie, I was really impressed with her take on cycling and the training packages available. I’ve noticed big improvements in form just through a few simple tips. I’ve also got a better handle on how to better incorporate strength training into a primarily endurance based routine. It’s been a great experience overall and has ultimately saved me time and worry about how to train most effectively given other life constraints (family, work etc. )