This month, we'd like to shine the spotlight on Carlos Velez! Not only is he a mortgage lender and branch manager but also someone passionate about racing; in fact, his dream is to one day be able to retire so he can train and race even more. He's also got a pretty cool fun fact at the end, so we're sure you'll enjoy this month's spotlight.
Occupation: Branch Manager / Mortgage Lending
How long have you been swimming, cycling, running, and/or doing triathlons?
I jumped into triathlons during the real estate crash of 2008. A buddy of mine challenged a group of us to race the Big Kahuna Half IM in Santa Cruz. I believe I was the only one that showed up. I made so many rookie mistakes from being stuck in the small ring the entire race, but I still managed a 3 hour split! I caught the bug big time after that.
What aspects of triathlon do you enjoy most?
I would have to say the process and training with my crew. I know it's an individual sport but the process and training for a race is definitely a team sport.
What has been your favorite training or racing event, and why?
My favorite training ground I would have to say is Boulder.
PR in Duluth
What is one recent accomplishment you are proud of?
Back in 2018 I broke the 3 hour mark at the Grandma's marathon in Duluth, MN going 2:57
Stopping during the Boston marathon to say hi to my son. I ran a 3:08. Seeing him on course helped me finish since I had lost motivation at that point.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Retired 🙂 so I can ride and train more.
What is something no one knows about you?
I was a BMX national champion and was featured on ESPN during one of my races. Unfortunately, I was taken out, but I still finished.