Fitness Enthusiast: Pat O'Rourke


Name: Patrick O’Rourke                   

City/Town of Residence: North Kingstown

Age: 47

Occupation: Firefighter

Your sport or fitness activity: Triathlon

Recent events youve participated in: Cox Half Marathon, Newport 10 Miler, Patriot Half Iron Triathlon and Panasonic New York City Triathlon

What is your proudest fitness accomplishment? Completing Ironman Florida in 2011 (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run) and finishing in 10 hours and 57 minutes. A close second would be the “Escape from Alcatraz” triathlon in San Francisco in 2012, it was really cool because you were able to jump off the ferry at Alcatraz Island and swim into 53 degree water with professional athletes and everyday athletes. It was also a beautiful, scenic course full of challenges.

What motivates you? I can be very competitive and that usually motivates me to train extra hard. I want to ensure that I don’t just finish, but I finish strong.

Tell us something about yourself that many people may not know: I love 80’s hair bands and I am a dessert freak!

Best thing about living in RI: The ocean and beaches of course! I grew up in Newport, RI and have always been near the water and love to go fishing, spear fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding.  Spring to Fall is perfect time to be outside training. I rarely train inside once the weather starts getting nicer; running, biking and swimming outdoors is so much better!

Words to live by: Have fun, be the best you can be and don’t sweat the small stuff!

Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: Find something enjoyable that you love to do. If it’s racing, get a plan or a coach if possible. Log all of your workouts so you will be accountable and it will make it more difficult to skip one. Set a goal and have positive thoughts about the outcome. It’s also important to balance training with family life and other commitments. All of these things can make your race day much more enjoyable.

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