Athlete Spotlight - Stewart Frey

Questions for Stewart:

How long have you been racing? 

Since 2013. A sprint Triathlon in Pawling, NY was my first race.

What are your goals for next season?

Beat my PR at Ironman Lake Placid.  A tough course, where anything can happen.  In the process, see if I can train for an IM without it taking over my life.  Is that possible? I will see. :)

Long Term?

As I get older, I want to include training and racing as part of my life.  I see how important physical fitness is to being healthy.  While I might not always be Triathlon focused, I want to at least do a sport.

What is your favorite workout?

Wow. This changes a lot! One day I hate a workout, and the next day it is my favorite.  LOL.  Right now, I really am enjoying the hip strength work that my coach, Dawn, put in my plan as I am seeing the benefits.

What brought you to triathlon?

I pulled my calf badly while training for a half marathon in 2012.  I could not run for almost 6 months, so I started swimming and spin classes in place of running. Then figured why not sign-up for a triathlon once I could run again. 

What did you do in 2020 to keep yourself motivated?

I really enjoyed the virtual races that QT2 hosted and also meeting (following Covid guidelines) with local athletes to ride or OWS really helped. 

When did you begin with QT2?

I began with QT2 in 2015.

Why did you decide to train with QT2?

I joined the Northern Westchester Triathlon Club in 2014, and the person who ran it, Joanne Orce, trained with QT2.  She always spoke very highly of them. I really enjoyed when Jesse Kropelnicki came down to our club in Westchester, NY to talk about nutrition and gave feedback on run and swim mechanics.  I started with the QT2 MIssion Plan, and then moved over to a 1:1 coach with ORR in 2018. 

Who is your coach?

My coach is Dawn English.

What do you like best about working with your coach?

Dawn really helps to find that balance of family vs training.  This balance is critical for me to be successful and maintain the support of my family (which is not always easy for us Triathletes, LOL). Dawn is very involved, and I feel like she is dialed into exactly what I need to be successful. This resulted in a over 20 minute PR in 2019 IMLP from 2017 IMLP. 

Questions for Coach Dawn:

What do you like most about coaching Stewart?

I have been working with Stewart for several years now and have always his enjoyed his open communication and ability embrace the process by accepting that progress doesn't happen in a straight upward nature, but hanging in there and seeing the long term improvement.

What is one thing which stands out most about Stewart? 

He finds the joy!  Stewart seeks the positive and continually works to connect to enjoyment of the day to day adventure.

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