Let’s get to know Jim Coleman, our own H-CTC swim coach:
Jim did all sports until high school, then just swimming in high school and at U of Rochester. He holds six High School records and is in his HS Sports Hall of Fame. Jim won 6 sectional titles in HS, the first being in his freshman year, 100 backstroke.
Jim started running the spring of 2010. He worked in the University Research Park so took advantage of the greenway. And continued swimming during the summer in his neighborhood pool. Then did his first tri, Stumpy Creek in 2012 and won Novice Age Group.
International/Olympic are Jim’s favorite race distance. He says, “the sprint is too short for me, I just get warmed up on the bike and its over.” Jim has done Raleigh IM 70.3 twice and would like to do Augusta 70.3. His next tri will likely be Carolina International next May. To finish the year out he has Marine Corps Mud Run this Sat 10/4, Rocktoberfest Half Marathon 10/11 (7th 1/2 marathon, part of Thunder Rd full training plan) and Thunder Road 11/15, his first full marathon. Jim is also an active member with the Harrisburg F3 “A” team.
This year Jim did the Blue Ridge Relay, 208 miles through the mountains, starting in southwest VA and ending in Asheville. It consist of 12 guys, 2 vans, no sleep for 24 hrs and crazy hills up and down the mountains. His totaled 20 miles during his three legs. This is what Jim says about the BRR, “Whoever came up with this race must have gotten the idea from Robin William’s skit on God’s idea to create the duck-billed platypus….so of course if you’re crazy enough to do tri’s this is right up your alley. Its not quite Kenny’s level of ultra runs crazy, but close.”
One of Jim’s favorite tri sayings is “anybody can run on fresh legs”. This really applied at the Blue Ridge Relay. “Three running legs over 26 hrs and getting little to no sleep during that time made the 2nd and 3rd legs challenging. Doing a HIM where you’re active for 6 hrs straight is harder but in a different way. The lack of sleep, while cruising the mountains in a van with 6 other people was a new experience.”
His family includes his wife Denise, sons Andy (15), Evan (11) and daughter Lauren (8). He says he is the breakfast maker of the house. He enjoy working out early (not the getting up early part) so he can get home and make eggs/pancakes/french toast/bacon for my kids while my wife enjoys some peace and quiet. Jim also enjoys golf and woodworking. He has made/built TV armoires, a chess set, a medal hanger, screened in porches and many decks. Jim also enjoys ice cream and beer but not together! One thing we may not know about him is, he taught high school Physics in the mid 90s and coached the swim team.