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A Q & A with Team Purica Athlete Adam O’Meara

Victoria-based professional triathlete Adam O’Meara is an inaugural member of Team Purica, our dynamic group of ambassadors who are committed to sharing their best practices to performance excellence and healthy living.

Adam and athletes such as Melissa Tucker of Toronto will reach out to Purica clients regularly at www.purica.com and on our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter to give you tips on everything from nutrition to training, to help you get the most of your active living lifestyle.

Enjoy this Q & A with Adam and watch for his best practices and inspirational tips online with Purica.

1. What inspired you to become a triathlete?

Adam: “I have always thrived on challenging myself physically, and at the age of 18, I discovered the joy of endurance sport through running high school cross-country to stay in shape for hockey. In 2006, I completed my first Ironman triathlon in Penticton. After that, I was hooked. The next year 2007 was very challenging and during a long recovery from a ruptured appendix, I came to realize that my passion was now to pursue excellence at the highest level in the sport of triathlon.”

2. What have been the keys to your success?

“Consistency has been the key to my success so far. I wake up each morning and focus on what I can to do each day to make myself a better athlete. Consistency is important in training, but also in restorative practices and nutrition. I really have a passion for nutrition.”

3. How would you describe your vision for healthy living?

“I believe that healthy living is a combination of living in the moment but never losing focus of what will benefit you (and your family) in the long term.”

4. What about your vision for physical fitness and performance?

“This comes back to consistency. Like anything in life, it takes time to mold oneself into the level of physical fitness that you desire. Too often people lose sight of their long-term goal due to lack of immediate results. My vision is perhaps narrower than that of most people though – I aim to become a champion triathlete.”

5. What’s been your career highlight to date?

“It is easy to look back at your best performances (on paper) and see those as the best highlights. So, perhaps my race at Challenge Penticton in 2013 is a top highlight; a 4th place finish is nice. Yet to this day, my most fulfilling performance was my race at the Ironman World Championships in 2008. This is a top highlight for a variety of reasons, including physical performance (at that given time in my physical development), racing for my terminally-ill father, and learning that the body’s limits are perhaps far beyond what we sometimes perceive.”

6. What about your greatest disappointment?

“In December of 2013, I had my first ever DNF (Did Not Finish) at an event. I had travelled a long way to the race, and I felt I disappointed a lot of people. Having said that, I did learn a great deal from this experience and I am a better athlete and person because of it.”

7. What are your long-term goals?

“Long term, I strive to win long course triathlons and be able to compete with the best in the world on the biggest stages in the sport.”

8. What and who help you reach your goals week-in, week-out?

“Attention to detail and focusing on each workout one at a time is key to short-term success. It can be overwhelming to think about all of the hard work that is planned for a specific 2 or 3-week period that is approaching. My wife, my mother, my supporters and employer allow me to focus on training and racing. Thanks to Purica for being both a supporter and employer.”

9. In general, how do you define success?

“I think success is defined by giving your 100% effort and attention to a task on any given day. That could be at a race or just going to the beach with your family (and leaving the cell phone at home)!”

10. Tell us something no one knows about you.

“While travelling in Australia and working on a banana plantation, I subsisted (and thrived) off five foods for nearly three weeks: local bananas, local young coconuts, cheap eggs, cans of tuna and bread.”

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