10 Year Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Coach & Team INFINIT Athlete
Nicholas Chase is trucking through his 6th year competing among the professional ranks in triathlon, and is coming off his best season yet in 2018, which included a 6th place pro finish at 70.3 Steelhead.
While finishing the final few years of his 10 years of service in the United States Air Force, Nick became hooked on the sport of triathlon. As most age group athletes will know, if you put your mind to something, dive in with all of your energy, and make some changes, big things can happen.
The journey for Nick started in his mid 20’s when he was still fresh to any sort of endurance sports. Having never participated in any aspect of triathlon beyond Air Force required running, the learning curve was steep and it came with a lot of growing pains.
“My running was quite weak so I spent a lot of time getting over the running injuries I ran into (literally).”
Nick made it through those early injuries and his progress began to evolve quickly. Triathlon has become a cornerstone of his life, not only as a pro triathlete but also as a coach with Braveheart Coaching where he coaches over 20 endurance athletes, helping them reach their goals.
“The first triathlon I ever competed in was Escape From Fort Desoto, a local sprint triathlon in St. Petersburg Florida. The next year, I was able to win the overall event. The success kept coming as I completely transformed from a muscle-bound powerlifter to a lean-ish runner. After the initial gains started to level out, it was time to take it to the next level. I went through a few coaches, invested in a nice bike and eventually qualified for my elite license but waited 1 year to take it on.
Fast forward to today, I’m competing against former Olympians and athletes who’ve gotten me trumped when it comes to experience. For me, this journey ends when I can’t compete any longer. This means I will push until I’m winning, and believe me, that thought is more and more daunting as the years tick by and progress is harder and harder to earn.
Luckily for me, my wife completely supports these endeavors and I’ve made some fantastic friends over time. Without the support of those who believe in me and funding from sponsors, free gear and coaching, this is possible. There are plenty of professional athletes working their way up the ranks who will confirm the struggles but we all love this sport. We love the routine, travel and people we meet along the way.
INFINIT Nutrition is such a big part of this journey as I use my drink mixes every single day and constantly tweak them based on the demands of the season. Whether I’m slamming Nocturne before bed, my “Race All Day Blend” on a long ride or avoiding cramps with some dill pickle TripWire or my “Run Fast Stay Fueled” run blend, INFINIT products drive me to be the best I can be each and every day."
Nick has a busy 2nd half of 2019 scheduled with several half and full Iron distance triathlons scheduled all over the world!
Nick's Upcoming 2019 Schedule:
70.3 Boulder (maybe)
IM Mont Tremblant
70.3 Santa Cruz
70.3 Buenos Aires
Patagonman or IM Mar Del Plata