Best of the Southwest - Elite Spotlight - Mac Brown

By Rachel Sears Casanta | May 10, 2010, 2:11 p.m. (ET)

Elite triathlete Mac Brown of Cardiff, CA is this month's male "Best of the Southwest" featured athlete.
The "Best of the Southwest" blog stories are part of the USA Triathlon Southwest Region initiative
to give continuing support to our region's elite athletes.

Currently, Mac is recovering from knee surgery that he had last month. Unfortunately, injury is a common thread in triathlon but it is often through the experience of injuries and the rehabilitation process that we become better, stronger athletes and individuals. Visit Mac's Blog to offer support and to follow his progress.

Photo: Eric Wynn

Name: Mac Brown
Residence: Cardiff, CA
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
DOB: 11/21/1977

University/College: Hampden-Sydney College
Degree: BA in History
Occupation: Triathlon coach/Professional Triathlete
Sponsors: Timex Multisport Team, Nytro Racing,, K Swiss, Oakley, Univ City PT

Athletic Background: College Lacrosse
Years Elite: 2
Years in Triathlon: 6
1st Triathlon: Sandman Triathlon, Virginia Beach, VA

Favorite Quote: "Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go." - William Feather

Biggest Influence/Mentor: Roch Frey, Sergio Borges, Gino Cinco, Coach Duquette

Most Significant Obstacle Overcome: Coming back last season from a fractured pelvis and sports hernia

Favorite Race in Southwest Region (CA, NV, AZ): Cal  70.3

Favorite Place to Train in Southwest Region: North County, San Diego

Favorite Swim/Bike/Run workout? Henshaw Loop bike ride in San Diego followed by a T run in San Elijo Lagoon in Cardiff

Three best or most significant race performances: 4th overall amateur in Ironman World Championship 2007, Overall amateur winner of Cal 70.3, Ironman Coeur dā€™ Alene, St. Croix 70.3

Something unique/special/unusual about him: Head Coach of UCSD Triathlon team (

Advice for new triathletes: Have fun, hire a coach and listen to him/her ā€“ do not get sucked in to other athletes training