This Is How I Roll 
Featuring FTP Coaching Athlete Jonathan Farmer

We met Jonathan in the fall of 2010 as a relatively green athlete.  One of his first races, Florida Gulf Coast, was a huge success.  He was then hooked and continues to excel at long course racing while juggling a full-time schedule being an attorney and father to two boys.  Jonathan is a testament to the notion that consistent hard work yields positive results.

What bikes are you currently riding and what running shoes do you use?

I am riding a Quintana Roo CD-01 with Martindale wheels. I run in Mizuno Wave Sayanora shoes. I used to run in Mizuno Ronins and loved them, but Mizuno discontinued the line. So Sayanoras are the closest.

What gear can you not live without?

I love my power tap aero wheels and my Trivoli sunglasses. The cool thing about the Trivolis is that they adjust to the light – this is helpful on bike rides on overcast days. I have always bought sunglasses at exotic places like Mapco or Target, so to have such a nice pair is kind of a big deal to me.

How did you get started in triathlon?

I was doing the “go to the gym 3 times per week/jog two times per week” exercise regiment, when I decided I should take up a sport. Pick-up basketball was too hit or miss, so I signed up for the GJCC Triathlon. It was a 200 yard pool swim, an 8 mile bike ride, and a 2 mile run. It destroyed me. But I was hooked. The coolest part was that they played the national anthem at the beginning. It felt like a real sporting event.

What’s your biggest athletic success?

IM Chattanooga. This could be because I raced it yesterday and am still on the “Ironman High.” But I think it is a legit answer. I have done long course races before – 1 full IM and 3 Half IM – but I had always done the long ones just to get through it – finishing was (still is) a huge accomplishment. I “raced” at IMCHOO and was able to make it with a great result. I’m very proud of that.

Tell us about yourself? What do you do for a living?

Family-wise, I’ve been married for 15 years to a wonderful person. We have two kids, both boys, ages 8 and 5. Their life’s ambitions are to get bitten by a radioactive spider and to master the art of ninjitsu, respectively.

Work-wise, I’ve been an attorney for 14 years. I started my own firm about 6 years ago and it is still plugging along, so that’s good.

Also, I am a Big Green Egg fanatic, I can count on one hand the number of home Titans games I’ve missed (talk about suffering), and I’ve got a weakness for rescue dogs.

How do you schedule your workouts around the rest of your life?

I am lucky to be my own boss, so my schedule is as flexible as I need it to be. So, it is not uncommon for me to do a long workout on a Friday or Monday if the calendar permits. That being said, there are a lot of early morning swims, lunchtime runs, and “I’ll be gone before you wake up and back around 1” Saturday rides. I think every triathlete has this in common.

Best piece of advice you’ve gotten (triathlon or life advice)?

You have to be deliberate and intentional to achieve your goals. Figure out what you want, then actively take steps that are designed to get you there. On purpose. People rarely get where they are by accident. I think this applies to triathlon and life.

Do you have a favorite sports nutrition product?

I like Infinit, mainly because it has enough calories in it that I don’t have to eat Clif Bars anymore!

Do you have a favorite race? Why is it a favorite?

I have 2 favorites. First is MachTenn, because it is local, early in the year, the perfect distance, and they bring in a beer truck at the end. Second is Fall Creek Falls Olympic, just because Fall Creek Falls is a beautiful place and they give you a mini-banjo if you place in your Age Group.

Do you have a favorite local shop for triathlon gear?

Run – Athlete’s House on Belmont or NRC in East Nashville.
Bike – Red Kite Bicycle Shop on Belmont – those guys are great.

What do you eat the night before a race?

All Star Breakfast at Waffle House. I’m serious. This “tradition” was born on the night before my first Half Ironman in Panama City beach. It was either Burger King, Waffle House, or Silly Fred’s Seafood Emporium and Package Store. Waffle House seemed like the best bet, and it worked out.

What’s your favorite place to train?

Pool – Maryland Farms outdoor pool, because it is 50m.
Ride – Ashland City, starting from Bell’s Bend. Mainly because its not the Trace….
Run – either Warner Park loop or Belmont Boulevard.

Who else would you love to see answer these questions?

Matt Mantz and/or Jessica Miller

One thought to “This Is How I Roll Featuring FTP Coaching Athlete Jonathan Farmer”

  • demirjian family

    Congrats to all the FTP athletes and Andrew and Jessica too!

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