The compilation of nutrion and exercise

Results of Nutrition and Exercise

Hi and welcome to my blog. The main purpose of this blog is to inspire and educate other black people to participate in the wonderful sport of triathlon. Triathlon is a sport that challenges you to swim, bike and run all in the same race.  According to USA Triathlon we currently represent less than 1% of the triathlete community  We will delve into the reasons these participation numbers are so low later.

Race and Ethnicity
88.2% are Caucasian/White
3.2% are Hispanic
2.1% are Asian
1.5% are Multi-racial
0.5% are African-American
1.1% are other

I think this low representation is unfortunate as “triathloning” can address so many of “our issues”.  Nearly 60% of African American children can’t swim and are 3X as likely to drown. So guess what?  If mom or dad are afraid of the water, they are going to be reluctant to encourage their son or daughters to swim.

Diabetes is another issue that African American’s are disproportionately affected by.  African Americans are almost 2X times more likely to have diabetes as non Hispanic whites.  Nutrition is an important aspect of being a triathlete.  It is essential to be educated in the right way to get the results and body you desire.  By the right way, I mean staying clear of most of the sugary drinks, bars and gels.  More on the specifics of “real nutrition” later.

Obesity is another problem running rampant in America.  African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S.  Also African Americans were 70% less likely to engage in active physical activity as Non-Hispanic Whites.

Make no mistake, running, swimming and biking a million miles will not cure diabetes or obesity.  However, with the combination of healthy eating, and exercise these ailments will not be part of your suffering.  Will it be easy?  Hell no!  Is there a magic pill I can take?  I wish!  All I can promise you, is that if you put honest effort into it, educate yourself on the disciplines of nutrition and triathloning, you will be a shell of your former self and feel like Superman in the process (see pic above).

Here we will destroy myths and ignore stereotypes that prevent us from competing in triathlons. You know the myths like blacks can’t swim, we don’t like to get our hair wet, the water is too dangerous and we only like football, basketball and track.

This blog will chronicle my lifestyle of swimming, biking, running and nutrition. My goal is to be an open book with regards to my struggles and triumphs along this path I have chosen.  We will meet, profile and interview other black triathletes from around the globe. As of the writing of this blog, there is not one professional black triathlete in the entire world. I’m hoping to have a part in changing that pitiful statistic one way or another.

My hope is to inter-connect other bloggers, websites, Facebookers etc to share our experiences in the triathlon lifestyle.  Along the way I’ll review books, helpful links, gear, races, nutrition, training programs and anything related to “triathloning”. This blog is NOT only dedicated to people of color, as one cannot operate in a vacuum. There are many wonderful people from all wallks of lifethat have helped and inspired me along my path.

How do we get started?  Run out and buy an expensive pair of running shoes?  Nah.  What about an expensive gym membership?  Slow down there cowboy.  The absolute first step I would take is to read the book Fitness Confidential by Vinnie Tortorich.  Vinnie is affectionately known as “America’s Angriest Trainer” because of the lies and deception in the fitness industry that pisses him off.  Out of all the exercise and diet programs I’ve tried over the years (and I’ve tried them all), he has offered the best information that has made the biggest impact in my life.  The information in Vinnie’s book is the main reason, I was able to finally get down to my high school weight.   Stop everything your doing right now and go read the book.  I’ll be waiting for you when your done with the book.  Welcome aboard…..


13 responses to “Home

  1. Victoria

    March 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I love your blog. I am a beginner triathlete and have already planned to commit to 2 sprint tris this year and 4 duathlons. My first 5K is today, March 27th and I am excited to say the least!! Hope to see you on the road or in the water soon.

    • simbadurio

      March 28, 2014 at 4:48 am

      Congratulations on your 5k! This is an awesome accomplishment. I would love to see you on either the open road or in the water. I spend quite a bit of time doing both. If you are ever in Orlando on a Saturday morning, I’d love to see you at Lucky’s Lake.

  2. Ken Wilson

    May 2, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I live in NC…and I’d say I’m surely a beginner triathlete but with a good attitude and my idea of consistent training (aka…when time truly allows) I’ve actually come in 2nd in my category for each Tri that I’ve done since starting last year. I just bought my first Tri bike and I’m totally pumped to see what happens now. Very encouraged to see fellow African Americans enjoying and pushing the sport that I’m quickly falling in love with. The triathlon sets you apart in so many ways and the idea of a unified people trying something new just makes my heart feel stronger. Thanks for the blog and “SHOW UP for us this season as I plan to do as well”!!!

    • simbadurio

      May 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      It’s great to hear about your early success! I too placed 3rd in my first tri and won a cup and everything. Keep me posted on your triumphs and struggles. Thanks for sharing and keeping me motivated!

  3. IronmanStefan

    June 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I have to say that the ideal you use as inspiration for this blog is great! I live in the Netherlands and have been tri-ing for one year non-stop now, but I noticed that I rarely see any black persons either running, on the bike or in the pool, which is a shame because triathlon can be a great sport, not only for white people but people with all kinds of backgrounds, no matter what the color of your skin is!
    Keep on blogging and inspiring! You got my support 🙂

    • simbadurio

      June 3, 2014 at 6:27 am

      Thanks Stefan, I appreciate your support. By the way, I love your blog. Great insight and articles. If you ever come to Florida, you always have a free place to stay!!

      • IronmanStefan

        June 3, 2014 at 10:05 am

        Great to hear! I really enjoy blogging and also hope to inspire people to take on their own dreams and adventures 🙂 That’s very kind of you, thank you! I wish I could say the same but I still live with my parents :p next year I will live on my own so the same offers stands for you!^^

  4. PoeCommunicate

    September 18, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Great, website and congrats on your HIM. That was supposed to be my second this year but I got very sick the week of. First was Austin in 2013.
    Also, if you haven’t already, please join the “Black Triathlete” page on Facebook. We are talking about a “convention” of sorts at a centrally-located sprint tri in 2015.
    Happy Tri-ing!

    • simbadurio

      September 19, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Hi Janita,

      We need to talk. I’m on the black triathlete Facebook page. But I also have an idea that I’ve been working on similar to yours. Perhaps we can dovetail our efforts and put on something truly grand.

  5. PoeCommunicate

    January 22, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Hello Simbadurio. I’m now an active member of the Black Triathletes Association (there are two groups, the one I’m own happens to have a side-by-side of moi today, wearing our group’s new Tshirt). It’s a fab, fab group and, for the record, we have active members from all racial/ethnic groups. Please inbox me there, if you are a member. I don’t know your real name and not sure I want to post mine here. Peace.

  6. patrickthatcher

    June 27, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I’m not the only one :-). I’m glad I found your blog.
    I’ve been doing events in N. Ca for the past few years, and I might see one other Black triathlete if I’m lucky. We give the slight nod of the head to acknowledge we see each other and then off to race. I happened to do the Victoria BC 70.3 a couple of weeks ago and what were the odds the only other Black athlete was 3 bikes down? 100%. Small world. (I did find after looking through the photos there was at least one Black woman).
    I totally agree with you on exposing others to this fantastic sport. I belong to a multi-cultural club out here that has become like a second family to me.

    ps – I also scuba dive and there aren’t too many of us doing this sport either. At least in the US.

    • simbadurio

      July 24, 2015 at 10:29 am

      Hi Patrick,
      Sorry for the long delay in my reply. Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m back to blogging and keeping track of my adventures. I just got way to busy with the kids. It’s nice to know you are not alone eh? Now scuba diving I’ve done once in Cancun and I was a little scared. Keep me posted on your adventures, I’d love to stay in touch with you!

  7. Kodie Thompson

    August 1, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Hi Patrick, Loving the blog and articles. Im a beginner triathlete from the UK, currently working in the Middle East, Ive just booked my first 70:3 Iron man in December.I have one sprint try under my belt and will do 1 sprint tri and 1 full triathlon before the Half Iron man event. I have not seen many people of colour at all especially in Europe at many events . There is a stereotype that “black people can’t swim” well my aim is to blast that out of the water! Former 100m runner here so I’m currently in “transition” from fast twitch to slow twitch . Keep up the good work bro!


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