Born: September 4, 1980
Hometown: Bedminster, NJ
Occupation: Auto repair shop general manager (Automotive Service Center in Whitehouse, NJ)
Racing since: 2009
Strengths on the course: I like to think that my strength is biking but sometimes it running.
Favorite race: Ironman Lake Placid is my favorite so far but there are many that I want to do. My wife and I were engaged there. It is where I first heard about Ironman. Other than IMLP Norseman is at the top of my bucket list of races.
Favorite pre-race meal: Maple brown sugar steel cut oatmeal goes down really well.
Favorite post-race meal: A really good steak always hits the spot.
Favorite post-race beverage: Beer or a nice bottle of wine to go with the steak.
Pre-race music: Metallica, Enter Sandman
Accomplishments: Qualifying for the Ironman World Championships 3x (2010,194th) (2012, 172nd) (2013,40th) . First amateur overall at Ironman Texas 2013. Multiple Ironman 70.3 Age Group winner.
PRs: Ironman Texas 2014, 8:37:12, Eagleman 70.3 2013 4:07:48
Long-term goals: Get back to Ironman World Championship as a professional and see what happens.
I ride a Dimond because... it is the fastest aerodynamically designed bike on the market. It gives me an edge on the competition. From every angle of the frame you see clean lines. It makes traveling very easy because it breaks down very small. When I fly it goes into my Ruster bike bag and I DO NOT get hit with bike fees. Besides all that it is 100% AMERICAN MADE.
Family status: Married to my wife Jami. We have two children, our son Jac (4yrs old) and our daughter Macy (2yrs old). We are expecting a third child Aug. 28th 2014. Hang on, it's about to get crazy.
Hobbies outside of triathlon: Backpacking far from civilization, outside ice hockey in the winter, and the occational round of golf.
Favorite sports teams: New York Rangers and New York Giants
Next off the bucket list: I can’t wait to take my kids to Disney World to see the smiles on their faces. They are going to absolutely love it.
Blog/twitter/website: You can follow me at @JamesChesson