Brandon Marsh’s Story

Dear Brandon,

How did you become a professional triathlete?

Brandon:

A lot of little boys want to be athletes when they grow up. Growing up in a small town in Texas, though, the only professional sports I knew to choose from were ball games: football, baseball, basketball. But I was too small for football and too short for basketball, and while I was a good fielder and thrower for baseball, when it came to hitting the ball…eh, not so much.

Then I decided to try out for a local swim team. That one stuck. A few years later I was the swimmer on a triathlon relay sponsored by Dow Chemical where my dad worked. By the time I was 13, I was hooked on triathlons. Even at this point, though, I didn’t realize I’d one day make my living as a professional.

A few years later, when I was in high school, I represented the U.S. in my first world championship team event, in Muskoka, Canada. It was a good experience and a decent race, but I don’t really remember what place I was. Above all else, I didn’t know that I’d just taken one of the first steps in my path towards being a professional triathlete. Looking back at that race, though, lot of those competitors around me on that course would later become professionals, too.

In 1993, I started college at the University of Houston, where I got my degree in chemical engineering five years later. With the degree came a position in environmental engineering at a company in Austin.

But all throughout my education and the start of my career, I still raced as an age grouper, ranking higher as I got more experience. I placed 2nd overall at the 2003 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. It was after this finish that I qualified for my elite card and decided to see what it was like to race the “big boys.” Finally, in 2007, I left engineering to focus on coaching athletes and racing professionally.

Sometimes, I do wonder how well I might have done if I had started my professional journey a bit earlier, but any way I look at it…it has been and continues to be a great journey.

Team Marsh

Amy Marsh is a four-time Ironman champion, two-time IronDistance champion, and was named the 2010 USAT Long Distance Triathlete of the Year. Brandon Marsh has been competing in triathlons since 1988, and can be counted on to be a top-10 contender in every event he enters. Got a question about swim-bike-run or sports nutrition for Team Marsh? Email them at ask.the.triathletes@gmail.com.

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Amy Marsh is a four-time Ironman champion, two-time IronDistance champion, and was named the 2010 USAT Long Distance Triathlete of the Year. Brandon Marsh has been competing in triathlons since 1988, and can be counted on to be a top-10 contender in every event he enters. Got a question about swim-bike-run or sports nutrition for Team Marsh? Email them at ask.the.triathletes@gmail.com.

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