Endurance Cartel Podcast

Javier Pineda, Endurance Cartel Podcast
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Javier Pineda

Endurance sports have been my passion since I can remember. Being competitive with myself and always finding a new challenge (even if I disliked the option I was given by my parents), I was a swimmer. I played squash for most of my childhood and teenage years. I even had the honour and privilege of representing El Salvador in various international events and competitions.  

When I started living in Miami, Florida, finding a place to play squash was more challenging than in Boston, Massachusetts, where I had attended college. Nevertheless, I met some great Brazilian squash players who introduced me to triathlons through a friendly bet. The bet consisted of whoever of the three finishes last will have to shave their entire body. 

The triathlon distance was 400m swim, 10-mile (16km) bike, and 3.1-mile (5km) run. This is known as a “sprint” triathlon distance. I did not know anything about the sport at that point. Terms like “transitions” and “race nutrition” were foreign to me.

As a former swimmer and active spinning instructor at the time, how could I lose this bet? Well, I did lose the chance. Bad. But I became obsessed with the sport, placing at the top of my age group in almost every race. I completed 10 Ironman triathlons and participated twice in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. 

In 2011 and 2014, U.S.A.T. (U.S.A. Triathlon) gave me an ALL-AMERICAN HONORABLE MENTION. Training and competing in countless endurance events gave me a new life perspective. 

I changed my career path from banking to coaching. I educated myself through the C.H.E.K. Institute, N.S.C.A., GREY Institute, NASM, School of Applied Kinesiology, and D.B.C., where I currently worked since 2016. 

With more than 25 years of hands-on experience training elite and non-elite athletes. I want to share my experience and that of others with the world through my new podcast, “Endurance Cartel.”

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