dailymiler of the week, Jake Castonia

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Jake Castonia dreams of qualifying for Kona someday. It’s number one on his bucket list. For now he’s racing and loving the 70.3 triathlon distance. “I think it’s the perfect distance for the typical Age Grouper with lots of other responsibilities,” he says. “Manageable training, but still a big race feel.”

This August Castonia plans to race in the Rev3 Maine 70.3. His aim is to finish the race in under five hours. To that end he hired a coach to help with his training. His major focus has been improving his cycling. “I think that’s where I can pick up the most time,” he reports. His swim is – and according to him will always be – a work in progress. It’s there and on the run that his “Harden Up!” mantra comes into play.

When asked about cross-training, Jake says his favorite activity is running around on the playground with his kids. Being a triathlete means he has a built in cross-training schedule. “That’s what I love about the sport,” he admits. “You never really do enough of one discipline to get burned out on it.”

Castonia’s biggest mistake starting out as an athlete was over-fueling. He was training for a marathon early in 2010 and got really sick for the first ten miles of his final long run before the race. He’d eaten way too much. After the ten-mile mark, he felt better and didn’t fuel at all for the rest of the 24 miles. “That really opened my eyes to what my caloric needs actually were,” he says. Since that day he has focused on training his body to burn fat as fuel. Through lots of trial and error he has learned how to operate at a high level with minimal fuel.

Later that year, Jake ran in the Boston Marathon at the invitation of the BAA. “Making the final turn onto Boylston Street and seeing the finish line with thousands of screaming spectators. That was a magical moment,” he recalls with a smile, “one I will never forget.”

Castonia joined the dailymile community about three years ago. He loves the sense of community that it provides. He enjoys interacting with others who know exactly what he’s talking about when he says “negative split” or “bonk”. “It’s great to be among like minded people,” he informs anyone who will listen. “I train and work so much that I don’t have a ton of time to log in and comment, but I do love checking in to see what my friends are up to.”

As for that Ironman World Championship dream, it’s going to happen. Jake plans to start pursuing it next year with an entry into the Lake Placid or Mont-Tremblant qualifying event.

About Mike N

Mike Neifert is an avid runner and cyclist who lives on the plains of Kansas. He works out mostly in the early morning hours before the sun comes up. He drags his wife and kids along on runs and rides whenever he can. He's run a 50K, but not a marathon. He wants to ride 200 miles in a day sometime soon and plans to run 100 miles in less than 24 hours in November 2012.
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