Thousands of triathletes embarked on the National Championships for Sprint-Distance Triathlons in Cleveland earlier this month, and Travis Wood, a 2014 graduate of Temecula Valley High School, finished first for the men. Competitors came from all 50 states and swam, biked and ran their way to glory over the weekend of Aug. 10. Wood recently graduated with high honors from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in human biology and currently lives and trains in Boise.
“I always had hopes to enter the medical field,” Wood said. “For right now, my ‘real world’ ambitions are on hold, as I plan to race professionally in 2020.”
Wood works at a triathlon store most afternoons, while dedicating his mornings to training. This season he began working with coach Harold Frobisher, a seasoned triathlete himself and a professor of exercise physiology at College of Idaho.
The former Golden Bear competed in his first triathlon in fall 2015. Earlier that same year, he had the opportunity to spectate an Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Wood said he was amazed by the athletic achievement and decided to get in touch with the Boise State Triathlon Club, which is a student-run, non-varsity sports group, and began training with the small team.
“With help from the school, I began competing all across the country,” Wood said. “Since 2015, I have raced in roughly 45 triathlons.”
Next up, Wood will compete in the ITU World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, in both the Olympic and Sprint distances Aug. 31, and Sept. 1. In addition, he will compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nice, France, Sunday, Sept. 8.
Currently, Wood is ranked No. 2 in his age group and No. 5 in the world for the Ironman 70.5. He said he also plans to compete for another national title in the half distance National Championships in Miami this fall.
He acknowledged some people and sponsors, thanking them for their support, including Tri Town Bicycles, JensonUSA.com, Rowdy Bar, Playing for Purpose, Tracy Liller Massage, Fryer Auto Spa and of course, his mother and father.
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