Active on soccer and cross country ski teams throughout high school, I graduated college weighing 225 pounds. When a co-worker recruited me into the local cycling group, a new passion was born. I raced bikes for 3 years. It was a life-changing experience for me, mentally and physically as I re-carved my athletic ability. In 2002, a massive back injury left me with permanent damage and constant pain, but to the amazement of my doctor, I persevered in my training. Racing my first triathlon in 2007 I found a new, exciting multi-sport challenge. The focus, dedication and drive it takes to train your body in three distinct disciplines quickly had me hooked. No matter what level you compete at, triathlon is more than a sport: it’s a lifestyle.

That being said, I strive to minimize the impact on my family and juggle a full-time job as a civil engineer. My wife, Megan, and daughter Evelyn (7 months) are my main support crew. A typical training week consists of rolling out of bed at 4:45am, year-around, to train before work and averaging 10 to 15 hours per week.

In July 2010 I am slated to compete in my first full Ironman competition in Lake Placid, NY. Last year I completed two half-Ironman competitions and look forward to achieving my dream of crossing the finish line to see my family and hear the words, “Nathaniel Smith, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN.”


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