Hometown: Scarborough, NY
Residence: Thousand Oaks, CA
Personal Blog: blog.rappstar.com
Personal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001571171264
Twitter Account: http://twitter.com/#!/rappstar
1st - Ironman Arizona 2009. Course record. Bike course record.
1st - Ironman Canada 2009. Fastest bike. Fastest run. 2nd fastest time in course history.
3rd - Ironman Arizona Apr 2008. Closest Ironman finish in history. 40 sec 1st - 3rd.
3rd - Ironman Arizona Nov 2008. Bike course record.
4th - Wildflower 2009. Fastest bike split.
Personal Bio: In early 2010, triathlete Jordan Rapp was minutes from dying after he
slammed into a car that pulled out in front of him during a prep
interval on his bike. Prior to this, the lifelong athlete experienced
his breakthrough year in 2009 with a fourth place at Wildflower, and
then a course-record win at the Vancouver International followed by
his win at Ironman Canada by over 15 minutes in the second fastest
time ever on the course. That November, he broke an overall course
record and new bike course record (breaking his own) at Ironman
Arizona. Everything was going his way—until the car pulled out in
front of him. He suffered severe injuries, lost ¾ of a gallon of
blood, and after 18 days in the hospital could barely move. After
months of rehabilitation, he is truly a comeback kid, having returned
to defend his title at Ironman Arizona in 2010, less than eight months
after his devastating accident, where he finished fourth among a very
competitive field after leading the race for much of the day. 2011 has
so far seen a continuation of the journey back to the top with win at the inaugural Leadman Epic 250, a 5th at California 70.3, 6th at Wildflower, and 11th at Abu Dhabi International.
5 things we should know about you:
1. Married to wife Jill Savege, Canadian Olympic triathlete, with son Quentin Thomas Rapp.
2. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineer from Princeton University 2002.
3. Lightweight rower at Princeton.
4. Does all my own bike maintenance.
5. Loves bacon.
How did you first get into triathlons?
I was rowing after college, hoping to make the US National Team, and I got injured. Triathlon seemed like a good way to stay active over the summer while taking a bit of a break from rowing. That was in 2003. It's been a long break...
What was the first race you ever participated in and what place did you finish?
New York Triathlon Club Harriman Sprint Triathlon, Harriman State Park, Harriman, NY. I finished 6th overall, winning my AG (20-24).
What is your favorite race?
What is your favorite workout?
20km Time Trial
What are your favorite Zoot products and why?
Zoot running socks. Most comfortable socks I've ever used. I actually wear them cycling too, because I like low-cut socks.
CompressRx recovery tights. Great for if you have to drive after a hard workout.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Winning Ironman Canada in 2009. When I first turned professional in at the end of 2005, my goal was to someday win an Ironman. When I finally achieved that at Canada, I felt like I'd justified my dream of being a pro triathlete. In a lot of ways, everything now is "extra." Not to say that I am satisfied, but I feel like I achieved that big, big goal that I set for myself when I said, "I want to be a pro triathlete because..."
What motivates you?
I'd say it's 50% fear of having a job that requires sitting at a desk and 50% a desire to discover what I'm "capable of." I think in many ways I race so that I can train, rather than vice versa. It's hard to get paid to ride your bike and run and swim in training. So the racing is a necessity. But if I had to give up one, I'd give up the racing before I gave up the training. The time with myself on the roads, the trails, and in the pool are what I value most.
What is your pre-race meal?
It's a big meal...
2x Laughing Giraffe Vanilla Almond Snackaroons
2x EnviroKids Koala Crisp Bars
2cups SoDelicious Original Coconut Milk
1serving Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate (Dark 70%)
2x SaltStick capsules
Works out to about 1200cal.
What is your pre-race ritual?
Nothing really ritualistic. It's all preparatory. Pump my tires. Set the zero offset on my powermeter. Check my gears. Set up my transition. etc.
What is in your triathlon bag that you cannot live without?
What are your goals for the 2011 season?
Get back to the top of an Ironman podium.
Events you are racing in this season:
Subaru Ironman Canada (August 28), Ford Ironman Arizona (November 20)
ITU Long Distance World, Nov 5, Las Vegas, NV