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May Athlete Spotlight - Meet Jonathan Ramirez!

Meet this month's Athlete Spotlight -- Jonathan Ramirez! Jonathan and his wife, Angela, have embraced the active lifestyle many of us have come to love. Jonathan exemplifies the growth mindset, faces big challenges, and aims above all to be an example for his kids and do this into his old age! Check out the Q & A with Jonathan!


IRONMAN Arizona

Age: 43

Occupation: Banking

How long have you been swimming, cycling, running, and/or doing triathlons?

I grew up playing soccer, but in high school, my coach suggested I try cross country to stay fit before soccer season. That's when I discovered my passion for running! Years and years later, in 2012, I attempted my first 70.3 as a dare, but it was a disaster - I swore off bikes forever! But, in 2016, I decided to give it another shot, this time with proper training. And that's when my triathlon journey truly began.


What aspects of training and/or racing do you enjoy most?

I also love signing up for triathlons and marathons to explore new cities, routes, trails. The family takes it as a vacation while I'm out there suffering and I'm totally okay with that. Win-win situation.


IRONMAN 70.3 Training

What has been your favorite training or racing event, and why?

I love Arizona but my favorite race has to be Monterrey 70.3. The reason is because that's the city I was born in. I was 3 years old when we moved to the USA, but there's some sense of identity that brings strong emotions to me. Having family that lives there to come watch me feels amazing. Even though I really never lived there, there is a connection to my roots there that feels extra special while racing in the downtown streets of Monterrey.


What is your favorite post-workout or race meal?

Oh man thats the toughest question ever. I love almost everything but seafood. I would have to go with chocolate donuts and a No. 2 from Whataburger with bacon and cheese.


What is one recent accomplishment you are proud of?

Being a father to my two beautiful daughters is an incredible blessing and my greatest joy. I cherish every moment spent with them. I strive to set a positive example by living an active lifestyle, demonstrating the importance of hard work and perseverance. Whether cheering them on at a swim meet, color guard performance or helping with homework, I aim to be present and fully engaged in every thing they do.


Triathlon Family
What do you want to be when you grow up?

I've always been drawn to coaching because I find joy in helping others achieve their goals. Whether it's guiding someone towards a small or a huge goal, I enjoy being part of someone's positive journey. I also just want to be blessed to grow old gracefully, with the fitness and vitality to enjoy active adventures with my grandkids. I long to live a long, healthy life, free from missed moments and milestones, and filled with memories.


What is something no one knows about you?

I have a huge fear of public speaking. I've mastered the art of virtual communication, hosting Zoom meetings with ease! But, in-person public speaking? That's a different story. My fear takes center stage, leaving me tongue-tied. I don't like to be the center of attention.


Why do you race/train?

I have a passion for racing because it enables me to continually push myself beyond my limits and strive for self-improvement. As I age, I find joy in still being able to participate in these activities while my body allows it, and I use the opportunity to demonstrate to my kids that with determination and hard work, nothing is impossible. Through racing, I aim to instill in them a growth mindset, a love for challenge, and a resilience that will serve them throughout their lives.


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