From a contact sport background to cycling and triathlon, this Midwesterner turned Texan has a passion for the sport of triathlon. Please welcome Vince Rosetta:
KK: Where did you grow up?
VR: I was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. I moved to Texas about 5 years ago
KK: What sports did you play growing up?
VR: I started playing soccer then progressed to football, ice hockey and rugby. (My body is paying for it now though)
KK: What is your academic background?
VR: I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 199 with a degree in Sports Marketing with a minor in business marketing
KK: I see that you do a mix of triathlons and cycling events. When did you start road racing?
VR: I started road racing when I was about 14yrs old. My first "real" job was working at a bike shop. Granted I was 14 so it wasn't too legit
KK: What is your favorite cycling race? Why?
VR: I love any time trail race. There is something I love about time trials. It is just you and the bike. There is only one person to blame if you don't get the results you wanted
KK: When did you start doing triathlon?
VR: My first triathlon was about 6yrs ago. I lost a bet with a friend and I had to enter a triathlon. It was probably one of the best bets I lost. Who know how much fun I would have racing tris
KK: What is your favorite triathlon race? Why?
VR: I really like the Capital of Texas Olympic Triathlon in Austin, TX. Other than IM races, I have never seen a city embrace a race like Austin does with this race. The whole city shuts down for the race. It is so cool to run on the same city streets that you drive on day after day. The pro field is amazing so it is a very fast and competitive race. Buffalo Springs 70.3 is also right up there too.
KK: What does a day of training usually consist of?
VR: For the longest time I was a morning workout person but that is slowly changing. A typical day for me is up about 5am, head to the pool for a 3K-3500k swim. Follow that with a run and then shower and head to work. After work I usually get another run in usually a tempo run. Two days out of the week I dedicate to long rides. On those days I try to get a 70-75mi ride followed by a 3-5 mile run after.
KK: When you are not training or racing what types of thing do you like to do?
VR: Usually I try to catch up on some TV shows or movies I might have missed. I think TiVo is the greatest thing ever invented. I hardly ever watch "live" TV, TiVo really helps catch up on things I might have missed during the week. I am a huge Manchester United fan so I watch a lot of their matches and follow them online.
KK: What is you idea of the perfect race?
VR: My idea of a perfect race is a race that I know I have done my best at. If I finish 1st or 101st, as long as I can say I left everything on the course then it is a good race.
KK: Have you ever had to overcome any injuries?
VR: Yes, during my rugby days I tore my ACL, MCL and meniscus. That was about 6yrs ago. Recently I re-aggravated my meniscus so I have been dealing with that lately
KK: What is the funniest thing you have done in a race?
VR: I have been pretty lucky and haven't done anything to funny. I did have a hard time unclipping during one race and ended up heading into T2 sliding on my bike shoes. The red plastic streaks on the blacktop showed the gracefulness of my dismount
KK: Best advice anyone has giving you?
VR: It was my first football coach (my Dad) who said, "Play hard, have fun and don't do anything stupid" that advice has stuck with me for years!
KK: What advice would you give to someone thinking about getting involved with triathlon?
VR: DO IT! It is a great sport/lifestyle. Some of my best friends are people I have met racing or training with.
KK: What is on your schedule for 2009?
VR: Cap Tex Tri in May, IM Ironman Coeur d'Alene in June, probably a few smaller tris in July to keep my speed. Texas State Time Trial Championships in August, Ironman Wisconsin in September, Austin 70.3 in Oct and if I am alive the Rock-N-Roll Marathon in San Antonio and finally the Dallas Whiterock Marathon in December ................ Whew!
KK: What else would you like our readers to know about you?
VR: I will admit it; I am a mommy's boy. My family is very .... Very important to be. I think it is the 100% Italian in me!
Vacation Spot: One thing I can say it isn't anywhere on the ocean. I hate the ocean! I do love going to big cities for vacation. The excitement in big cities is something I can't get enough of. No country boy in me that's for sure!
Running Shoe: Mizuno Wave
Sport Drink: Motor Tabs
Race Wheels: Anything from HED Cycling! I love my HED3 trispokes up front and HED. Disc in the back. I time trial with HED Stinger 90's front and back. I love those wheels!
Food: Simple, anything Italian!!!!
Person you would like to meet: This is a tough question. Dead or alive I would have to say my great grandparents. I never had a chance to meet them but I want to know what it was like to leave Italy and hop on a boat and head to the USA with nothing more than a dream for a beater future.