“Triathlon” Taren Gesell
Head Trainiac & Triathlete-In-Chief, TriathlonTaren.com
Triathlon Taren wasn’t always the Speedo-clad, super-committed athlete you see today. Although he grew up skateboarding, playing baseball and curling competitively, by the time he started university, he hit his all-time high weight of 215lbs thanks to a steady diet of beer and bacon. At 5’8” tall, he was unhealthy and unhappy. A friend who was heavily into fitness got Taren into the gym, pushing weights and eating nothing but chicken breasts and brown rice. He lost some weight but it wasn’t a lifestyle; he was getting bored with the workouts and always looking for something better.
Right around that time, Taren noticed an old friend competing in triathlon and decided since he was already running, biking and swimming separately, he may as well try to put them together. He did his first Try-A-Tri (a total disaster, in his estimation), and he was instantly hooked. Now, eight years later and a comfortable 165lbs., Taren has made triathlon and endurance sports a way of life, having competed in countless sprint, Olympic and half-Ironman races. It’s his passion to bring tips on healthy living and triathlon training to amateur athletes around the world.
Taren recently switched to eating a plant-based, whole foods, gluten free diet which he follows 85% of the time. He commutes to work by bike year round, and is currently training for a half-Ironman this fall in Austin, TX. In June 2017, he completed a 37km open water swim in Winnipeg’s Red River, with a continuous time of nine hours and four minutes (9:04) — quite a feat for someone who was actually afraid of the water when he did that first Try-A-Tri.
He lives in Winnipeg, Canada with his wife Kim and their two dogs.