What's your weight training?
I lift four times a week. For the race car, I do a lot for shoulder and neck. And core exercises for my abs and lower back. For fun, I do chest and biceps to feel good. Because I'm training so much for tri's, I'm not lifting much with legs.
"The pain is momentary. Giving up is forever." I wake up every morning with pain somewhere, but it will go away. But if you give up, you'll remember forever.
Do any injuries inhibit your working out?
No, thank God. We take a lot of beating in the race car. I've had two plates and 14 screws in my left arm, a couple broken ribs, concussions. I'm as fit as I've ever been, but there's not a single day that I don't feel something. Working out helps you maintain and recover better. I cannot race cars till I'm 60, but tri's will be forever as a hobby.
What's your diet?
It's not a diet. For the amount of exercises I do, I don't need to diet. I eat well-balanced meals.
I eat every three hours. In the morning, before cycling, I'll have an omelet with two eggs. After cycling, I'll make a protein shake and maybe toast with almond butter. And then for lunch I might have rice and beans and a red meat or a salmon, or any source of fish or protein, maybe chicken. I eat meat from the wild, really natural. I don't like a lot of sauces and condiments.
Mid-day I'll have another shake or protein bar. Maybe a turkey sandwich with some cheese. At night maybe a salad with a source of protein. Maybe pasta with tomatoes, no sauces...
I allow myself a cheat day once a week to eat whatever I want. For me, it's a couple hot dogs. I never drink [alcohol].
Do you take any supplements?
I drink protein shakes and I take vitamins, but I'm not a big fan of putting vitamins into your mouth.
Does your family keep fit?
I have a 3-year-old kid who's always working out. Even his mother is very into workouts. I would say the kid will grow up in an exercise environment.
I lost my dad to cancer when I was 13. He was 39. He didn't exercise enough. That inspired me even more, besides my athletic career, because I wanted to see my kids grow.
What do you think about the fitness of American kids?
There are so many kids overweight that it may be irreversible one day. You learn your habits while you're young. It's not that a lot of kids don't eat right because they don't want to, it's because they don't know better. It's all about education ... We have to teach them not to have a Coke before school every morning.