Dai Endurance athlete Andrew Agoliati may live across the country from our studio here in Sacramento, Ca but that hasn’t stopped him from training at all.
Andrew lives, works, and trains out of New York but has dreams of competing in Leadville, Co. After training with Julie Young for the past 3 months Andrew was able to accomplish what he set out to do, qualifying for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race in August. He attended the Whiteface Wilmington 100 where he qualified! We had sometime to catch up with Andrew in between training and work to gain some insight on what makes him go.
What do you do for a living?
I am an Anesthesiologist and a proud owner of 101 Wilson Bar in Bushwick Brooklyn New York.
What are your weaknesses?
Italian food and Indian Pale Ales.
Why are you training?
Once upon a time a was an All-American Athlete and Division One Lacrosse National Champion but those days are long gone. Over the past ten years work has been priority number one and I almost never exercised. When I made time to do the sports I love mountain biking, surfing or snowboarding I found it hard to enjoy myself. I was out of shape and not able to push myself like I used to. I knew it was time for a change. One night I was catching up with two buddies and I talked them into signing up for the Whiteface Wilmington 100k Leadville Qualifier mountain bike race. Misery loves company. It was a bucket list item for me and I wanted to really give it my best. I had no clue where to start but luckily I found Julie Young and Dai Endurance. Training happily became how I spent a majority of my free time for the past three months. Julie motivated me and empowered me with knowledge and the training plan I needed to prepare efficiently. When I competed at Whiteface I was not planning on going to Leadville but when I earned a chance to go I could not pass it up. Julie and I are working together and I am confident I will have a great time preparing and completing the Leadville 100 MTB race.
Do you partake in any Dai Endurance Classes/Training/Fitting?
I partake in training. Julie and I communicate by phone and email. She gives me my workouts and coaches/advises me on everything: technique, equipment, nutrition, rest, race day planning etc. You name it I have asked her about it. She listens carefully to what I am asking her and always gives me thoughtful and in-depth responses. The best advice she gave me was on race day. She said “The work is done have fun”.
Favorite piece of technology for training?
Garmin Edge 820 bike computer and Netflix.
If you could spend 10 days anywhere, where would it be?
Hokkaido Japan Snowboarding.
Do you have a pre-ride/run route? Food you enjoy before?
Unfortunately I do most of my training on my trainer in my apartment, but I do have a lovely ride home from work down the East River of Manhattan and across the Williamsburg Bridge. I like to stop at my favorite bike shop Sun and Air and have a cortado for a little caffeine boost before I get on the trainer. On weekends before I do longer rides I love to make buttermilk pancakes with a side of bacon, fresh fruit and Noosa yogurt.
What is your favorite food to eat post training?
Pasta. Specifically I love Cacio e Pepe with a side of lamb chops.
Do you enjoy coffee/espresso or tea? What’s your preferred brand?
I really enjoy Oslo or Intelligentsia Coffee. When at home I substitute milk with coconut butter and coconut sugar and use a Vitamix to blend it into a smooth cappuccino-like texture.
Why do you train with Dai Endurance?
Julie Young. Julie knows what she is doing. She listens to you and really gets a grasp of your goals and makes it her business to get you there. After one conversation with her you get the impression that not only has has she been successfully cycling for many years but she has also has looked at coaching from every angle and does it naturally.