An Interview with 2013 Trinona Male Champion David Thompson
Pro David Thompson returned to Trinona to take his fourth win on Sunday. We caught up with him to chat about Minnesota racing, babies, and fresh produce.
You’re a four-time Trinona alum. What’s your favorite thing about the race?
My favorite thing about the race is all the little things Dave Schutz and his staff have put into the race: race poster, unique race T-shirts, local support, Battle for the Bluff, kids’ race, time trial, local stone trophies, podium girls, Amanda singing the National Anthem and so on.
What do you like about racing in Minnesota, on your home turf?
The obvious reason is that I don’t have to fly. But, there is also plenty of competition in Minnesota these days. Dan Hedgecock, Devon Palmer and others always make it a race.
You and your wife had a baby last year. Has that change affected your training and racing at all?
The first summer there weren’t many changes to my day-to-day operations. My wife took care of most of the feedings for obvious reasons. Now that our son is more of a toddler and is bottle-feeding, I’m doing more daddy daycare and less training. My training volume has probably been cut in half compared to last season. I’m still racing about 20 races this season, which is normal.
What’s more difficult: getting proper rest while traveling, or with a baby in the house? Any tips for getting sleep despite a hectic or unpredictable schedule?
It’s far less stressful for me to travel than be at home. I actually feel somewhat recovered now coming home from a race. However, I actually get a decent amount of sleep at home because my wife does most of the night feedings. The difference is in adjusting to a baby’s needs. The only tip is I have is don’t give tips. Everyone’s situation is different, so I don’t try tell anyone else what to do. Almost every piece of advice someone gave us and said worked magic with their kid never actually worked for us.
Tell us about your plans for the 2013 season: How many races are you targeting, and what are your goals for the season?
I’m racing about 20 times this year. Right now, my goal for the season is to get back into shape. With the cold, snowy, and now rainy spring, training was a little set back. I’ve been using the races so far as hard workouts. I’ll make my decision in July which race to target – probably the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship. I’ve had good races there the last two years. You can find my full schedule on thompsontri.com.
Your love of McDonald’s has been pretty well documented. But what about produce: are there any fruits or vegetables you couldn’t live without?
I love almost all fruit. Fruit salad is one of my favorite summertime dishes. Avocados made into guacamole with salt, lime, and cilantro is also a favorite.
It seems you’ve battled injuries fairly consistently (like all endurance athletes do at one time or another). Is there a secret to walking the line between pushing the limits of performance and pushing that edge of an injury?
Knowing when to give up is a key to success. If you have a chronic injury, it’s usually better to stop training right away than to slog along down a painful and frustrating season. Do what you can. If biking and swimming don’t aggravate your injury, go wild. If you have an acute injury, then sometimes you can just tough it out. For example, I’ve raced with road rash, a broken wrist, dislocated shoulder, and broken finger.