Mitch Adshead: Triathlon champ & TCU swim coach

 Meet Mitch, our newest Beet It Sport Ambassador. Mitch is blazing new trails in Texas, both as one of the country’s most promising triathletes, and as a coach for the Texas Christian University Swim Team. 

Beet It Sport Ambassador road & trail star Anthony Costales

Mitch Adshead really knows how to make an entrance. In his first race as a Beet It Ambassador, Mitch took first in the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Triathlon. Mitch’s goals include representing the US in the 2019 Triathlon World Championships, and turning pro as he attains greater success.

According to Mitch: “Beet It has been part of my athletic career now for over 10 years. I first started taking it along with my taper for big meets/races. When I take Beet It Sport I can train longer and at a higher intensity. This allows me to train harder and perform at an optimal level. During race, Beet It Sport allows me to push harder which results in a stronger performance

How did you get involved in coaching swimming and competing in triathlon? 

After being a competitive swimmer, stepping into coaching was a natural progression. I love the sport and wanted to give back somehow. I have now been coaching for 3 years and love the challenges it brings on a daily basis.

I started competing in triathlon after I bought a road bike to commute to work. I soon fell in love with cycling and I found I kept taking the long way home each day. I joined a few local rides and started improving. Having my swimming background I thought, why not try a triathlon? I did my first sprint, and finished 2nd overall and 1st in my age group, and from that moment I was hooked.

  • What advice would you give to someone considering taking up triathlon and swimming?

The best advice I could give to someone who is considering taking up triathlon or swimming would be to “just give it a go!” I find a lot of people want to get involved in sport but think they maybe aren’t as good as others or maybe it will be too hard. You never know unless you try, and the great thing about swimming and triathlon is that you can start at any age!

Who are your role models in sports?

I have three sporting role models:

  1. Alistair Brownlee – his sportsmanship is incredible and I hope to act like him in and around competition.
  2. Javier Gomez – he is such a versatile athlete across the board, from short course to long course you can never count him out. Javier inspires me to race both short and long course triathlons.
  3. Lional Sanders – his tenacity is motivational, you can see even when his body is breaking down he keeps on going. I think of him when my body is at breaking point but I know I can push harder.

In triathlon, my best sporting achievement would be winning the US Open last season in the Olympic distance. That was the point I knew I could be pretty good at triathlon and decided to focus my training. 

 Best sport-related career achievement so far?

My best sporting achievement thus far would be breaking the British Junior Record in the 200m Breaststroke along with being able to move to Texas due to a swimming scholarship to further my career.

In triathlon, my best sporting achievement would be winning the US Open last season in the Olympic distance. That was the point I knew I could be pretty good at triathlon and decided to focus my training.

Aspirations in triathlon for 2018 and beyond?

In 2018, my main aspiration is to break the infamous 2:00:00 barrier in the Olympic Distance at the USA Amateur Nationals this August in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, I would like to place at Nationals and make the World Championships, where I would represent the USA in Switzerland in 2019. Beyond that, I have aspirations to turn professional and race on the ITU circuit.

What are your top three sport nutrition tips?

  1. Eat well – “Your body is a premium race car so it needs premium fuel to perform at its highest level.” – Dennis Adshead/Dad
  2. Nutrition is individual to everyone, so you have to find what works for you. Experiment with different meals before training and see how you perform. When you perform well, jot down what you ate so you can repeat it.
  3. Beet It! – Supplement your diet with Beet It!

What are your top three training tips?

  1. Learn your body; everyone’s body reacts differently to different training stresses and everyday life. Learning your own body is key to your success.
  2. You’ve always got a little more to give; you can always give that extra little bit, even when it hurts and your lungs are burning. Push through and you will surprise yourself!
  3. Recovery is a necessity; triathletes don’t like to take too much recovery time, so learn how to use active recovery and back off on days when you’re feeling particularly run down.

Can you give us an insight into your pre-race routine?

I wake up early about 4 hours before the race starts, and eat a medium sized bowl of oatmeal (30g – weighed dry) with a banana, and take a shot of Beet It Sport. Then, I start dialling in my hydration. I like to be the first at body marking and transition, even if that means getting to the race 2-3 hours before it starts. 30 mins to an hour before the race, I take another shot of Beet It Sport with an energy gel and do a 10-15 minute dynamic warm-up to loosen up and get my blood flowing. After that, I get lined up and try to be the first in the water, having a strong swim, I like to be out at the front.

How did you hear about Beet It Sport?

Beet It was originally brought to my attention after my parents watched a documentary on which sports supplements actually worked. The documentary highlighted the effects of beet juice and showed how credible the research was. After watching the documentary my parents told me about beet juice and I said I’d be down to try it. So, we went online and found Beet It, we ordered some of the juice and I have been using it ever since!

Why do you use Beet It Sport and how has it helped you?

Beet It Sport has been part of my athletic career now for over 10 years. I first started taking it along with my taper for big meets/races. When I take Beet It I can train longer and at a higher intensity. This allows me to train harder and perform at an optimum level. During races, Beet It Sport allows me to push harder which results in a stronger performance.