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The Most Interesting Person in Triathlon- Champion Rachel McBride Talks ADD

by Faster Than Normal

Rach McBride (they/them) is a professional Ironman triathlete and three-time Ironman 70.3 Champion, with numerous podium and course record results. Known as the “Purple Tiger,” Rach is known for racing and training with grit and resilience: having run half Ironmans on broken feet, raced an Ironman with food poisoning to qualify for the World Championships in Kona, and is an undefeated beer mile champion.  Deemed “the most interesting [person] in triathlon” by TRS Radio, Rach is also the first professional triathlete to be out as gender non-binary. It’s not surprising that Rach was recently diagnosed with ADD: They hold two graduate degrees in genetics and are an accomplished cellist, having toured the US and performed in Europe with various bands. Rach loves being a minimalist, continues to hone their fire spinning skills, and currently works in sexual health education and advocacy in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Enjoy!


In this episode Peter & Rach discuss:

1:30-  Intro and welcome Rach McBride 

Ref peter’s video about training for an Ironman 

4:05-  So why triathlon? What got you into it to begin with? Let’s start there. 

5:40-  When were you diagnosed with ADD? How much of a part did ADD play in your decisions to compete?

7:55-  On self-medication, switching addictions and the benefits of Sport & hyperfocus

9:14-  Is Competitive Sport a trait of people with ADD, ADHD or otherwise neurodiverse?

10:29-  Tell me about how you approach training/your daily routine/motivations, etc?

11:30-  On staying disciplined/not letting yourself talk yourself out of what’s next on deck

13:35-  Why doesn’t working out feel like forced or grueling ‘work’?

16:40-  About COVID and readjusting our weekly routines. How have you been surviving?

18:30-  How did the race in, and at Daytona International Speedway go for you last year?

20:14-  More about Challenge Daytona and how the loop works with the psyche

22:10-  The ‘tricks’ of competing in triathlons 

23:20-  What’s the one piece of advice you have for when people say: I can’t exercise, I just can’t!?


What’s your fav piece of tech you just can’t do without? What’s your resting heart rate? If you had to live in ONE place for 6 months, with only 3 items, what would they be?

26:07-  Peter’s story about his first Ironman experience. 

[You can get in touch with Rach McBride via]

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28:45-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits


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Hello everyone. My name is Peter Shankman. You are listening to Faster Than Normal. We believe that ADHD is a gift, not a curse and that all forms of neurodiversity are valid. We’re glad you’re here. 

Oh, You are listening to Faster Than Normal. How do I know this? Cause I am currently doing the interview. My name is Peter Shankman. I am thrilled that you are here. It is a gorgeous, it’s just become a gorgeous day. We had a massive snow storm here about three hours ago. Now it is gorgeous. It ran all night. There’s tons of, well, now it’s all brown snow on the ground. This is New York city, but it is now the sun is out. The clouds are fading away. It is a, if you, if it wasn’t 12 degrees out, you think it was just a beautiful day to go for a run. It probably means that I will not be doing that. So instead, I’ll be doing an interview. Today’s interview is with Rachel McBride. We got a professional Ironman triathlete, and three time Ironman, 70.3 champion on the podcast and I’ll give you a hint, it’s not me. It’s Rach.. because when I do. My Ironman. I occasionally finished. I occasionally wind up in an ambulance. It really depends on the day, but the person we have right now is professional Ironman triathlete. I’m very excited about that. 

Known as the purple tiger, Rach is known for racing and training with grit and resilience. Having run half Ironman on broken feet, racing iron man with food poisoning to qualify for the world champions in Kona and races, an undefeated beer mile champion. I want to hear all about that. Rach is deemed the most interesting person in triathlon by TRS radio. Rach is also the first special triathlete to be out as gender non binary. That means that we do not call Rachel, we call each by the pronouns that Rachel prefers, which in this case is that I’m going to try really hard to say they, and I apologize in advance if I, if I subconsciously go back to she, but I’m going to work really, really hard on that. Um, I have a couple of friends who are non-binary and it’s something I’m constantly trying to get better at not surprising that Rachel was recently diagnosed with ADD. Two graduate degrees in genetics and an accomplished cellist. Very interesting. Having toured the U S before in Europe with various bands, Rachel has being a minimalist nice continues to hone their fire spinning of course, you’re a fire spinner. Why not? And currently works in sexual health education advocacy in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, Rachel, welcome to Faster Than Normal. What an awesome bio! 

Oh, thanks, I am super excited to be on your podcast. I’m a big fan. I, I, you know, I’m a huge, the more I learn about your, the more my God, three times 70.3 champion, we’re talking about that you, you were deemed the most interesting person in triathlon by TRS radio, and we have something in common. I was deemed one of the funniest people in triathlon by traffic magazine. So Hey. You might not know a little secret. I made the video that I have no doubt that you saw about 10 years ago after my first iron man, 10 years ago, this past October, I made a video called I’m training for an Ironman where these two guys or a guy and a girl talking to each other and the girl goes, Do you wanna go get some dinner? And the guy says I can’t. I have to go to bed at 6:00 PM. And she goes, what the hell is wrong with you? He goes, I’m training for an iron man. And it wound up getting picked up Lance Armstrong before we knew he was made of chemicals, tweeted it and it blew up and has several million views. And if you’ve been in racing triathlons, as long as you have, I’m sure you’ve seen it. 

So can’t believe that I’m talking to the person who created that video! 

It was based on an actual conversation with an ex-girlfriend who would help, who helped me. I trained for Kona while we were dating. And is that not going to Cozumel while we’re dating and as soon as the, um, as soon as the, uh, triathlon ended, you know, we broke up and then that was, that was, uh, uh, a combination of all the conversations we had. 

So, yes. So I love it. 

So why triathlon? What got you into it to begin with? Let’s start there. 

Well, so I, um, basically spent most of my adult hood, uh, not as an athlete at all. Um, and I was actually doing my, I had really changed my life a whole lot gone from like being really involved in the Toronto music scene, uh, to doing my first masters in Ottawa, Canada, where it is freezing cold in the winters. Yeah. Um, and I was really hating life and not super happy with what I was doing and where I was. And so I decided to run a marathon and I trained for a marathon. I qualified for Boston. Um, I had done a little, yeah, I had run until I was 15. I had done like back in cross country. Um, and uh, after running Boston, I, a mentor of mine was like, Hey, I think you could be an elite triathlete. And I was like, well, I mean, this person knew me as an athlete, as a runner, but, you know, I, and I swam when I was a kid.

So I had a little bit of that and I had been a bike commuter all my life. So first of all, for some reason I took that idea of being an elite triathlete. And I was like, yeah, I’m going to do it. And so I started training really hard. I did my first triathlon, uh, 13 years ago and almost won it and just like it just took over the state, took, took over my life. I just, I couldn’t, you know, the smile I had on my face when I came out of the swim and got onto my bike, I was like, Oh my goodness, I’m doing this. I’m loving it. Hm. What do you, so, so when were you diagnosed today? Um, I was diagnosed with add earlier this year.

Wow. So it’s brand new to you. How much of, how much of a part do you think A DD played in. You deciding? Yeah, let’s just run a marathon. Oh, here we qualified for Boston. Let’s run that. Or, Hey, let’s do a trip, you know? Do you think that when you said you were very unhappy, right? You said he used to run as a kid and then you stopped.

Do you think that the running helped you up until you’re like 15 and 16 and you stopped running? And when you, when you lost that sort of that you probably didn’t even know you were having. Do you think that had an impact exactly like this is the thing with the, this is what’s been so profound for me is that this recent diagnosis has made all of these like puzzle pieces of my life finally fit into place and like why, for why I have gone from like career to career, to career and then found triathlon and have been in this now for I’ve been a full-time professional for 10 years. And I can’t believe that I’ve stuck in this for 10 years, because usually I get bored and I move on what I have and what I realized when I became a full-time athlete. I’m like this, this doesn’t feel like work to me. This doesn’t feel like a job. Like I love my life. I love waking up every day and doing this and didn’t realize that like a quote unquote job could feel like this. And I think what is so special about me finding this as, um, as an athlete, is that as a person with ADD is that it is absolutely self-made at medicating. You know, all of the things that I’m learning about, like how to cope with ADD symptoms is like exercise, exercise, exercise, and structure, and it like, this is checking so many of those boxes, plus it’s three different sports. If I was just in one sport, I think I would be so bored. I would not have lasted this long, but because I have to get to swim, I get to bike, I get to run. It’s like super varied and I get to travel all over the world and I get to, you know, explore so many different places, even mine in my own neighborhood. Like, you know, it, it keeps me super entertained. And obviously for the past decade. 

I think one of the interesting things you said, um, is pretty awesome. The concept that it is self-medicating. And I remember when I quit drinking and I started focusing on my health and getting in shape and working out, I would, there were times where I was probably like, you know, five years ago, it has been go to the gym two times a day.

Right. Or I’d go out for I’d wake up at 3:00 AM because it was the only time I’d do a 10 mile run, you know, before I had to lift at 7:00 AM, be in the office by eight and. I remember I had a friend of mine. He goes, dude, you’re self-medicating, you’re just, you just switched one addiction for another. I’m like, um, yeah, where’s, where’s the, where’s the downside there, you know, and I really didn’t see it.

I still don’t see it. Right. Absolutely. I think, and I think what, what sport helps me do as well is, and why I’m so successful as it added is because it’s a way for me to, I can hyper-focus in there. So I, because of how my brain works, I can, in my Ironman swims, I’m literally singing the same, like verse of a song over and over and over and over and over for an hour. And that helps me, like calms me. Focuses me. And then, you know, the same thing on the bike and the run it’s like that I’m able to like be in, in that. And it’s super hyper-focusing. 

It has to be an ADHD trait because my first half iron man in 2009, um, to get through that, you know, you’re not allowed to wear headphones and music has been my life in any extra that I’ve ever done all my life and so. The first race I ever did. First half Ironman. I’m like, Oh my God, I can’t wear headphones. How am I going to get through this? And I found myself, I sang the entire, I recited the entire on the bike, the entire script back to the future and on the run, the entire script to midnight run. And, you know, I mean, there were times when I’d be, I’d be passing people more like if people were passing me, but you know, I remember passing one guy and, and, and he hears, and looks at me strangely cause out of my mouth comes, “you guys are the worst bounty hunters I’ve ever seen. You couldn’t bring back a bottle of milk!?” And he looked at me, he goes, like, “yeah, just have a good race”. And you know, but, but, but that works right. And, and, and the premise of being able to do something in our brain that gives us after four minutes gives us those chemicals for as long as we want for as long as we can, you know, technically sustain it. Right. Is, is I just think one of the miracles of the human body and the human brain. And I don’t mean to be trite by that, but it really, you know, I’m upset. I’m frustrated, I’m angry. Let’s get on the bike. Let’s go for a run. Let’s go for a swim. Um, tell me about, so tell me about training because a lot of times when I talk to athletes with ADHD, one of two things happens. They wake up and my God, they love to train on certain days and they wake up and, Oh my God, I, this the last thing I want to do, I’ll I’ll murder 14 people and eat ants before I have to get on that bike or go for that run over that one. 

Yeah. I mean, for me, I am definitely the person who wakes up and is like pretty excited to train. It’s tough. It’s obviously not every day. And I do what keeps me going is the accountability of like having coaches, um, who I know are paying attention to what I’m doing. And also, um, having sponsors and fans and supporters who are. They’re behind me. And so it’s, it’s like this level of accountability that keeps me going every day. 

How, I mean, I do wake up in the morning and it definitely takes me a couple of hours to, to get ready to go. Um, and I’m really good at procrastinating too. So I, I have to, if I don’t work out first thing in the morning when I wake up, I simply do not work out. And I have had, um, uh, you know, if I, if I have to do it. You know, in the evening, um, I will think of a reason, you know, I’ve, I’ve said this in the podcast before I’ll be walking to the gym, you know, from my office, like, you know, I read an article in the news, there’s an asteroid orbiting Pluto, you know, just to be safe and I figure out a way not to do it. And so, so, so, you know, the question becomes, um, what do you tell yourself? How do you sometimes when you don’t want to do, but you have to, what do you do. 

Um, yeah, I mean, I’m, I’m really in that same boat of when I, so I work, um, once a week at, uh, in sexual health and it’s basically a seven hour or eight hour shift in front of a computer and talking on the phone and at the end of that shift, I am completely wiped. And I, if I, it is really challenging for me to, to get in that workout. And I really just for me, I just, I can’t think about it. I just need to, like, I need to have a plan and a time. So it’s like, if I have a swim then, okay. My swim is scheduled for like five o’clock. I’ve got to be there or a gym session. It’s like, it’s on the way home. So I can’t hesitate basically. Um, And, you know, when I first started triathlon and I, when I first started, I was, I was really quickly at an elite level and training at an elite level and still working full time. So I was like up at four 30 in the pool at five, working from seven 30 to three 30, doing another workout in the afternoon and evening, and then like getting up and doing it all over again. And. It was basically, I felt like I just wasn’t thinking, I just like had to keep plowing forward. Um, and I think that’s kind of one of those super powers that I have as a person with a brain like this is, um, is just that ability to just like keep moving forward. 

You know, you mentioned something interesting. I want to go back to, you said that you, you, you don’t mind this and you don’t mind the workouts because it doesn’t feel like work. Right. And I think that it’s really important that our audience understand that and that we bring a little bit more into that because a lot of times add ADHD. One of the biggest issues with that is that we are as human beings. We are forced into doing things that are, uh, considered normal by everyday standards, but aren’t necessarily normal for people like us, for instance, a nine to five job or some kind of work that, uh, You know, we don’t necessarily love. Um, and it starts when we’re really young, um, as, as, as kids, right. You know, in school where we have to sit there and not move and, and, and, and be told to pay attention, it’s difficult for us. But what you said is pretty awesome, because what you mentioned is that if you love it, it doesn’t feel like work. It doesn’t feel like you need to, you know, you have to do this. It doesn’t feel like you have to do this. You’re, you’re happy to do this. Right. And that’s the thing that I’m noticing. Um, And I think we should touch on, because a lot of kids, adults who are just diagnosed ADHD, they haven’t realized yet that the reason they’re quote unquote not good at school or the reason they’re quote unquote, not happy with, with their job, whatever it is because they’re being forced to do something that isn’t necessarily normal for them, even though it is for many other people, you know, along the premise of I became an entrepreneur because I didn’t play well with others.

Right. And sitting in the office from nine to five, wasn’t my thing. Precisely. And this is why I’m like, when I figured this out, it really made everything click into place of like, because I had spent my, the majority of my twenties trying to do that, like Trump, when I’m wondering what was wrong with me of like, why do I hate sitting in front of this, like computer being at this.

Like going to the same place every single day and having to be there from nine to five, like, why is this so torturous? And I, my brain is not there. Like I’m incredibly inefficient at work. And, um, and so when I discovered triathlon, it totally took over my brain space and then I was getting nothing done at work. And, uh, and so. It. Yeah, it really was. It has now given me permission to, to, and I think this is what I, from listening to your podcast as well, and, and hearing about all of these other folks who have made these incredible careers, um, out of like, yeah, doing, having their own schedule, being their own boss. And this is one of the biggest things that I’ve been saying throughout my career. Now, when I, when I, now, when I’m thinking about like, what am I going to do when I’m not able to perform at this level? And I have to. It’s figure out a new career. I have these now stipulations. 

Absolutely. I cannot go to the same place every day. I probably can’t have a boss. I absolutely can’t sit in front of a computer for eight hours a day and I definitely cannot work nine to five. I can’t have a set schedule. I need to work on my time. One of the things about COVID, um, has for me anyway, has gone, has me, has been me going from 250,000 miles a year on the road on a plane to zero and it required a lot of readjustment, because it’s been a very tough ride for me to sort of get to that point where I’m like, okay, I’m not going crazy sitting in front of a computer because that’s deliberately what I carved my life out to not do. Right. And all of a sudden, you know, here I am doing that and it’s been tough, but I think I’ve managed.

What are you, um, how has, how has COVID impacted you? I mean, obviously you went, you said you went to Daytona a couple weeks ago to race. I wanna hear about that, but how did you, how have you survived, been surviving the last nine months? 

Well, truly, um, I live in an incredible place. So BC is so beautiful. And in my, in the recent years, I’ve gotten a lot more into gravel writing and really I have just, I basically pivoted. So, you know, it took me out of the really structured training, but that, but now I was able to like, kind of do some of the things that I I’d always wanted to do. W, you know, athletic, you basically use my fitness to go and have adventures. So I went and spent a week in the riding gravel in the Rocky mountains. I went up to Northern BC and did a bunch of gravel riding and, um, basically just. And then exploring the trails here, um, in, in our, in, in my neighborhoods, like we have incredible mountains here. Uh, and so it was really about creating a structure in a different way and tapping into some of those, like, I love adventure and I have like these huge goals of, of doing ultra distance things in my future and so it was a little bit of a, you know, starting to explore a bit of that. 

Well, we’ll talk about Daytona. What was it like? And it was the first, I mean, I haven’t, I haven’t done it yet. God’s been well over a year now. I was supposed to do Kona this year and that obviously did not happen so hoping for 21, but yeah, I finally get to meet you.

That’d be great. And well, well, if you want to hang out, I mean, I guess if you want to hang out for like another eight hours after you finish, you know, you’ll eventually see me cross the other side as well, and then that’d be fun. Um, what, tell me about the experience with, for you. 

Um, Daytona was really incredible. I mean, talk about having something to inspire the world of triathlon into 2021. Um, you know, the, the, the race was such a unique format. It was an incredible field of full of, you know, short course Olympians and long course world champions. And it was an incredibly dynamic race and really unique, I mean, being at the Daytona international Speedway and having the whole course on that, it was incredibly spectator friendly and you got a whole lot of spectator, uh, support and, um, and B it was like, you know, you’re going around in a circle 20 times. Of course, uh, it is, uh, it is a really different animal than anything I think that any of us had ever raised. And so you saw, you saw the carnage on the run that, that bike had the toll that it had taken out on all of us. And, um, it was, it was a very, very cool experience even to just like connect with the triathlon community again. You know, we were all socially distanced and masked, but you know, you still felt that, that connection. And I think the response afterwards, I have heard from all over the world of people, just like, I’m so glad that that happened. Um, because it’s been really motivating to, to take us into 2021. 

Well, the interesting things about that race, I’d be curious about your opinion, you know, most, most uh, Ironman, most, most half Ironman. You, you, you write a course outside and it’s, you know, a set map, right? Like, um, when it, last time I did Atlantic city, it’s, you know, you start by the boardwalk and you ride through the streets and you get onto the highway and you read the highway for a while. And then you repeat that three times. And there’s your six miles. Um, this was 20 times around, uh, a race track, as you mentioned. And as I was watching it, I was, I was chatting with a bunch of my, my, my triathlon friends. And they’re like, Oh my God, it’s so boring. I’d kill myself this way. My first thought was. Actually that’s awesome because my ADHD brain looking at it that way is able to count down. That’s okay. 20. Okay. 19. Okay. 18. And to me, my God, I feel like every track I’m going to be that. 

Yeah. I mean that, I was actually, I loved that aspect of it because I mean, that’s what you have to do with those big efforts is like, you know, take them down into smaller blocks and it was so easy to do. And exactly like, it was basically just like having that song on repeat just like going, going, you know? And, and so it really allowed me to do. But a hyper-focus and that those two hours on the bike went by in a flash. It was incredible. 

Yeah. And that’s, like I said, that’s probably, to me that would have been the best part because, you know, I remember Cozumel full Ironman and even that was three times a week around, um, the Island. Right. And it was flat, but it was still three times. And so even. Even with the headwinds, which were just, Oh my God, I wouldn’t wish on anybody. Even with that. I remember thinking, okay. Three, okay. Two. Okay. One, but it was still 33, 30, six, 33 miles a piece. I feel like 20 times around would have been a lot. Cause it’s a much less mileage. It would have been easier for the brain to break down. Cause that’s really the first time we ever start running. Right. And so, okay. I just wanna get to that light post right. The second time. Okay. I just want to get to that tree. Okay. I just wanna do a mile and you know, I, I think that as human creatures, we just do that. And when you’re ADHD, it actually benefits you that much more because you in your head it’s, I mean, how many times have you run a race where you’re trying to calculate what your time’s going to be? Okay. If I could do this X mile and X, X minutes, then the mile after that would be nine minutes and that, you know, and then if I do the run right every time on the bike, I’m like, okay, if I can get this time with a bike that gives me.

You know, I could say I could walk X hours. Right. But yeah. Yeah, yeah, absolutely. And I mean, I would argue in Cozumel too, I’ve done that race twice. Uh, that those three loops you can actually divide those loops into four bits, like jungle part. You’ve got the bottom part. You’ve got the windy part. You got the town part. Yeah. I am. I’m scared to death about Kona. I’m gonna have to get, I’m going to get there a week earlier and do exactly that like 10 miles a piece. Okay. This is 10 miles of this is the 10 minutes, you know, just to make it through, but. Tell me, um, what would you suggest? 

So, so it’s obvious that that, that, that exercise is, is sort of the best potential fixer for ADHD, add and ADHD, the best thing to keep it used as an advantage. So knowing that, what do you, what’s the one piece of advice you’d give to listeners when you, when they say it, uh, you know, I just, I don’t exercise. I’m too fat. I’m too thin up to this. I’ve never done it before, whatever, what’s the first, the only, the best advice you can give to them that says, Hey, here’s why you can do this. Or how to start it or whatever. Yeah, yeah. 

Yeah. I mean, I think first of all, um, you need to choose something that you, that you enjoy. Like if you hate running, don’t start running, like find something that you find interesting. Like whether that’s like, maybe you love to dance. So like, you know, doing the Zumba classes or whatever, um, and setting a setting a schedule, like having something accountable. And so, you know, and. You know, really that breaking it down into that smaller bits of like, okay, let’s just do this for three weeks. Or like, let’s just do this for a week. Let’s do two workouts this week. And then, you know, two workouts this week and try and set that structure and set that accountability. I think those two, those three things are the most important something you enjoy having a structure and having accountability. 

That was a great quote, quick left, final question. Um, make this a lightning round. What is your favorite? Your one piece of tech that you can’t train or race without? Um, you know, honestly right now, it’s my Whoop. Uh, my heart rate, variability monitor. I live and breathe by this attracts everything attracts my workouts attracts my sleep, but yeah, everything. What’s your resting heart rate. If you comfortable telling us, uh, my resting heart rate, it’s usually around 54. 

Crazy. Okay. That’s that’s I, all of a sudden, I don’t feel anywhere near as out of shape as I should be. Cause that’s, that’s the same as mine, so I feel pretty awesome right now. I’m not going to put an Ironman. That’s okay. Um, final question. Uh, if you had to, if you were forced to live in one place by yourself for six months, with only three items, what would they be? 

Three items. Um, Pair of running shoes. Um, Oh gosh, three items, a pair of running shoes. I mean, I have to say my bike and, um, coffee. 

Hah! Great answers. I like that. Very, very cool. Thank you so much, guys. Listening to Rach McBride, a phenomenal interview. I definitely want to have you back before Kona. If nothing else would talk me off the ledge. So I’m looking forward to that. 

I will repeat really fast. My favorite, um, story that came out of my first time. And I was, uh, I had been running, uh, an internet company that had gotten some. President was pretty popular back then called help a reporter out. And, um, people that used it and thousands, a hundred thousand people use it. One of the people that use it was, was the head of, um, uh, public relations for jelly belly. Um, and Joey makes sport beans and I’m sure you’ve, you know, sport games. And so they, I, I mentioned in one of my emails, my love of scorpions, and they sent me a jersey, um, that said, um, that all of it had pictured jelly beans all over the other. It’s gorgeous. I’ve worn it for like, everybody’s sort of done it. So. Um, I’m sitting on the docks because it has, I’m a waiting for the race to repair like 5:00 AM. I couldn’t sleep. I got up early, went down there, you know, and I’m just sitting, watching the water, the chilled water, I see a Manatee. I’m like, Oh, it looks like me. And, um, you know, I’m just watching, watching any, uh, a German triathlete, obviously a pro, um, comes over to me and says, ah, he sees my shirt. He goes, I see you to a sponsored athlete. Um, Yeah, they gave me a shirt and he goes, well, you know, this is, this is good. This is good. This is it’d be good. Good to race against other professionals. Are you, are you, are you hoping to place? He actually looked at me and asked me if I was hoping to place. Um, and I looked at him and of course it’s wearing a shirt, says D’avella. Yeah. Right. Obviously sponsored by sir. Um, I noticed from your shirt, you’re sponsored by D’avella one of the, obviously the fast triathalon bikes in the world. Sir, if you look at my shirt and then see I’m sponsored by fucking candy, and I’m not hoping to place, he goes with, what is your time goal? I go, it’s the same day. I need you to just go over there. And that was how I started my first iron man German guy asked me if I was trying to place in the race. So it was, it was, it was a fun experience. But, uh, thank you so much for taking the time to come out today, to talk to us. I’m looking forward to chatting with you again, and we got so much more. We need even get to talk about your, your, your other skills, all that stuff. So that’s going to have to come up next. We’ll definitely have you back in like a month or so. And then we’ll, we’ll do this again. Amazing. I love it. Awesome. Thank you so much. Happy training and stay safe guys, Faster Than Normal is here for you. We want to know what you think as, as, um, I’m recording this probably like 13 days. So the end of the year, we’re hoping that 2021 is a better year. I want to know who you want to hear. Um, you, uh, Rachel actually came suggested to us from a mutual friend. So if you have anyone you think who has ADHD or just an interesting person, has a story to tell about diversity. Do you think they should be in the podcast? I’d love to hear from them. Should have them shoot me an email. [email protected] or shoot me an email. Introduce us whatever the case may be. We’re looking for great guests in 2021. Like we’ve had for the past four years. Thank you all for listening. I appreciate it.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Wear the mask. ADHD is a gift, not a curse. We’ll see you soon.

Credits: You’ve been listening to the Faster Than Normal podcast. We’re available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google play and of course at I’m your host, Peter Shankman and you can find me at and @petershankman on all of the socials. If you like what you’ve heard, why not head over to your favorite podcast platform of choice and leave us a review, come more people who leave positive reviews, the more the podcast has shown, and the more people we can help understand that ADHD is a gift, not a curse. Opening and closing themes were performed by Steven Byrom and the opening introduction was recorded by Bernie Wagenblast. Thank you so much for listening. We’ll see you next week. 


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