People fall into endurance sports for different reasons. For Chris Tubbs, physical activity was badly needed to turn his life around.
He started training in his 40s and it has completely changed his attitude towards life. He says he’s like a ‘joyful volcano’ each time he hits the road.
In this episode, Chris shares how he got into endurance sports, triathlons in particular, why he founded the Houston Childhood Walk for Apraxia of Speech, and how an unexpected diagnosis changed he outlook.
If you need inspiration for starting over, no matter your age, this episode is for you.
- How Chris started endurance sports to turn his life around
- Training for the triathlons and hiring his first coach
- Overcoming mental blocks and imposter syndrome as a ‘new’ triathlete
- Getting his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota
- Founding the Houston Childhood Walk for Apraxia of Speech.
- Prostate cancer and the importance of regular screening in men above 40
- The link between proper nutrition and performance
Chris recently found joy in training for and racing endurance triathlons. He doesn’t have a strong background in athletics, and only found the sport when he hit a low point in his life. The training gave him focus and an outlet as he navigated becoming healthy again.
He grew up between Chicago and Los Angles, then moved to North Carolina to attend North Carolina Central University, an HBCU. After graduation, he served as a bartender before being accepted into the PhD program North Carolina State University. Although his doctoral road was long and hostile, he was successful in becoming the first African American to earn a PhD in Biochemistry in the history of the university.
Being a science nerd at heart, he’s had the joy and the fortune to be a part of the discovery and development of new drugs that now cure diseases and address serious unmet medical needs. He’s had the honor of founding the annual Houston Childhood Walk for Apraxia of Speech. He started the walk to be a resource that connects families and professionals that are supporting children who have to overcome this rare genetic disorder. He’s also an active member of the Houston real estate investment community.
Outside of work, the bulk of Chris’ time is spent training for triathlons. After a year and a half he completed his first full distance Ironman in November 2020 at IronMan Florida. A few weeks later he underwent radical prostatectomy as a consequence of a prostate cancer diagnosis that he received one month before the race. Ironman training prepared him well for the difficult road back to racing. Exactly 6-months after his surgery, he ran is 1st race (an Olympic distance) and got a 40 min PR! His physician says that he recovered way ahead of schedule. He’ll test himself again at Lubbock 70.3. and is now focusing on preparing for IMFL in November 2021.
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