Rhapsody.com caught up with the athlete, to hear more about his season, and poach some of his training secrets, from the best food to the best tunes.
Rhapsody.com: It's been a pretty good season for you so far, highlighted by a win at St. George, summarize 2012 for Ben Hoffman in two sentences or less.
Ben Hoffman: It's been a very solid season for me, but slow to get rolling after my win in St. George. Podium finishes at a few bigger races, including an XTERRA Championship race, and now I finally feel like I am really rolling with my third IRONMAN title in Wisconsin and new bike course and overall course record.
How would you describe your racing and training philosophy?
Everyone talks about consistency, but I really feel like I live it. Week after week of good work, season after season of good results. I'm patient, focused, and thoroughly enjoying the journey.
What role does music play in your training?
I use music regularly in my training, as a motivator and sometimes as a distraction from the pain! If I am riding or running with music, I keep one ear open and the volume low enough to be aware of my surroundings, but it's a regular companion in my sessions.
You spent the summer of 2006 living out of a car with a friend, driving around the Pacific Northwest, and racing triathlon to put gas in the tank. How did that summer mold the triathlete you've become?
The summer of 2006, a.k.a. "The Summer of Glory," was definitely important in molding my outlook and lifestyle within triathlon. I've always wanted adventure, and to keep things fun amidst the seriousness of training and racing. It was the cornerstone for the way I structure my training and racing, making sure to travel and enjoy new places, yet still get the work done and race fast.
Any good stories from that summer?
We seriously lived off pasta, canned salmon, and peanut butter and jelly. Most nights we camped out in tents, swam in lakes, and rode new and different roads. Every day was an adventure.
That's a lot of time in the car, and presumably listening to tunes. Are there any songs or a particular artist or album from that summer that takes you back when you hear it?
I was fresh out of college and was listening to a fair bit of everything. Dylan comes to mind, with the classic album "Blood on the Tracks," and definitely a lot of Wilco's "Yankee Foxtrot Hotel."
You've travelled across the country competing and on your blog (benhoffmanracing.com) you list your favorite foods. Where did you have the best...
Honestly, I think my girlfriend and I can hang with probably any pizza I've found, including in Italy! We've got our own stone, and make a mean thin crust margherita.
Puerto Penasco, Mexico.
Local bacon from Sunnyside farms in Durango.
Among your career accomplishments, you have a first place finish in the Western Montucky BeerMile 2005. Describe the event.
The BeerMile is a truly disgusting event, consisting of 1-drink a beer, 2-run a lap (400m) x4. There are specific rules to follow, including a penalty lap for throwing up. I was coming off a season of racing well, and was easing into off-season, so I hit it perfectly!
What's your best advice for triathletes thinking about their first long distance race?
Find a community of athletes and enjoy the training. The actual race is only one day, but oftentimes the training takes months or even a year, so be patient and soak it in.
Training (click here)
Turning Into Stone
A Little Piece
Run the Heart
Shut the Club Down
On to the Next One
Generator 2nd Floor
Relaxing (click here)
The Stable Song
Gregory Alan Isakov
Great Lake Swimmers
Given to Fly
Down Along the Dixie Line