Athlete Spotlight: Andrew Rich

How many races did you participate in during November? 

Five (RnR Vegas 5K, RnR Vegas Half, Spartan SF Stadium Sprint, Brazen Nitro Turkey 10K, Brazen Quarry Turkey Half)

What motivated you to earn the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame title?

I’m motivated by the sheer challenge of it: Can I really run and finish this many races in a year? Can I do it at a level of performance where I feel like I am giving my all? The answers were YES and YES!

How did you balance training, traveling and running 15 Rock ‘n’ Roll races this year?  

I am pretty sure I raced more than I trained this year. It’s not exactly the ideal balance, but for the sake of completing this amazing challenge and earning the Hall of Fame, it was worth it. I’m fortunate to have an understanding employer and a network of friends and running buddies around the country.

Do you have any training tips? 

My triathlon training has helped me understand the vital importance of cross-training; I try to never do the same thing two days in a row (excepting back-to-back races, of course). I’ll bike on Monday, run on Tuesday, strength train on Wednesday, swim on Thursday. Sometimes combining workouts is necessary, especially as my triathlon races approach, but I still try to keep a break between successive workouts of the same type.

What has been your greatest athletic accomplishment in 2017?  

My greatest *single* accomplishment was finishing the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in Oceanside, CA, after failing at another 70.3 race in 2016. And then finishing another 70.3 later in the year in Santa Cruz. Exorcising that failure demon was huge for me.

What is your favorite type of race/course to run?  

Hard to pick a favorite! I like road racing (e.g the Rock ’n’ Roll series) but I also love trails and obstacle course racing (Spartan). I think my favorite type has to be a road race in a friendly city with good food and good friends.

What are your goals for the 2018 season? 

1) Break five hours in the marathon (RnR Arizona, January)

2) Spartan Trifecta (SoCal Super/Sprint weekend, and SoCal Beast)

3) Brazen Racing “Ultra Half” endurance trail series

4) IRONMAN 140.6 triathlon (Arizona, November)

Why do you recover with chocolate milk after a tough workout or training session?  

It *works* for me. A post-workout recovery beverage needs to balance the benefits it provides (protein and carbs) against the calories you’re consuming, and I find that low-fat chocolate milk is exactly right for me. And I look forward to that sweet treat after a hard workout.

When did you begin recovering with chocolate milk? 

A friend turned me on to recovering with chocolate milk just as I was getting into running in 2011 or 2012.

Share a fun fact about yourself! 

I enjoy performing karaoke and am working on getting a second career going as a voice actor/voiceover artist.