Athlete Spotlight: Colin Turcu

If there is one adjective that summarizes Colin Turcu it is undoubtably: hardworking. He is self-aware, humble, and fiercely driven. The level of resiliency he displays in training and racing is well beyond his years. I look forward to seeing Colin’s continued growth in sport.

Before I began coaching Colin, he had limited experience in triathlon. His first triathlon was in 2018 at the Seal Sprint Triathlon in San Diego. From there he tackled his first Ironman in Louisville, Kentucky in October, 2018. Colin and I started working together shortly thereafter.

In 2019, I had the chance to share the race course with Colin at Ironman 70.3 Ohio. Colin said, “I loved racing 70.3 Ohio last year. You always tend to push a bit harder knowing that your teammates and coach are out there on the course with you.”

Coach Lauren and Colin After Ironman 70.3 Ohio

In the fall of 2019, I was fortunate enough to be on site and coach Colin through Ironman Chattanooga. It was a hot, humid day that I will not soon forget. I recall how composed and steady Colin looked all day. One of my favorite coaching moments with Colin, ironically, matches a moment he also considers notable.

Colin shared, “a memory that stands out to me is coming into the home stretch of Chatt 144.6. It had been a brutal day in the heat. I came around the final corner and coach was there. She let me know how I had done before the chaos of the finish line. I had far exceeded where I thought I would place, and that quiet moment – when it all sank in – before the craziness of the finish line was a moment I will remember for a long time.”

Colin at the finish of Ironman Chattanooga 2019

Colin took a moment to answer a few questions about training, sport, and life.

What’s the best thing about maintaining a discilpined training regimen – even in the time of COVID?

The physical and emotional benefits. I think there’s something therapeutic about training…usually. Twice a day I can block out work, school, stress and focus on the session at hand. Without training as an outlet, I don’t think I could balance my day-to-day.”

If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice in your first season, what would you tell yourself?

Take the fitness gained from the sessions rather than focus on the stop watch and numbers. When I first starting training with Coach Lauren, I was constantly asking her about heart rate and splits – it took some time to adjust to training by perceived effort, but it works.

What is something you learned from Coach?

“Hard work pays off”. Coach’s qualification for Kona after more than a decade of work goes to show when you set your mind to something and put the work in, your goal is achievable.

What is a goal that excites you?

I would love to toe the line at the World Championships – 70.3 or Kona. I also want to complete the 6 world majors (marathon). Fingers crossed the NYC Marathon happens this year!

What is your favorite discipline?

Running. I love transitioning from the bike to the run during a triathlon. It means you’re on the home stretch of the race and its always a bonus to run past athletes who blew by you on the bike earlier in the day. I also love to ski, it’s not part of Multisport – but my parents stuck me in skis when I was in second grade and I have loved it ever since.

What athletes do you fanboy over?

Jan Frodeno. How can you not admire the champ? He is an incredible athlete and I enjoy watching him race. I also am a fan of Eliud Kipchoge. Watching him break the 2 hour marathon time was inspiring and a feat to watch. He is a once in a generation athlete.

What is something most people don’t know about you as an athlete?

I had a very successful high school rowing career. I was an All-American Coxswain (the little guy who steers the boat, makes the calls, and motivates the oarsmen). At the end of my high school career, I finished with several State, Midwest, and National Championships as well as a second place finish at the Royal English Henley.

Anything else?

I love to travel and can’t wait to be able to do it again once COVID is over. My favorite trip was a 2 week adventure around Ireland with my little sister after her college graduation.

A quick moment of coaching at Ironman Chattanooga

Colin and teammate Jeremy During Winter Camp 2020

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