Member Spotlight: Eddie Ferrell

Welcome to our new NTC president, Eddie Ferrell! (He has graciously taken over for current president Lynn Moore, who will be leaving Nashville for sunny San Diego! Can we blame her?) Eddie has been in real estate in the roles of salesman, broker, corporate trainer, owner and general manager for almost 12 years. He currently works for Crye-Leike Realtors in the Brentwood office and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, winning several local, regional and national awards in his field. Eddie is also part owner of X3 Endurance and loves supporting athletes and coaches in obtaining their goals.

1. When and why did you first start training for triathlons?

I started training for my first half marathon in 2009. I was 130lbs heavier and extremely unhealthy. I bought my first bike in 2010 and did 3 triathlons that year. I  have now done over 20 triathlons including one full Ironman. 

2. What is your favorite/most memorable race and why?

My favorite race would have to be Escape from Alcatraz because it is just the most amazing race venue and a crazy course combined with getting me over my fear of swimming. I would say the most memorable race was IM New York. I won a contest to do IMNY 34 days before the event, so not only was everything free, it was the most low-pressure just “go have fun” race ever. WTC canceled the race because of the craziness of the logistics and course, so I’m glad I did the one and only. I had been training for a half ironman distance race so it was just a slight jump up! 

3. What races are you excited about/training for in 2013?

This year I am not training/racing like I had planned. Instead I am working on my endurance as a spectator and supporter. I had a bad cycling accident late 2012 that put me out of training for 6 months. While in the hospital for the bike wreck the scans showed something growing in my neck. On 1/25/13 I found out I had thyroid cancer, on 2/4/2013 I had a total thyroidectomy. I am cancer free, and back at training. Coming off my hiatus for Music City Triathlon & possibly a late season half. I feel incredibly blessed to be back at the sport I love and have fallen in love with cheering and supporting as well. There is no better feeling than seeing some one complete their first of any distance and become hooked on TRIATHLON, there is no better community to support fellow athletes on their journey!

4. What is a fun fact about you that you would like the world to know?

Hmm…A couple fun facts about me.

A. I was passed by 95 people in the swim of my first triathlon.
 B. The days between finding out I had cancer and having it removed, I got to hang out in San Fransico with my favorite pro triathlete, Chris Lieto. 
C. Ask me about my finish line story of my first half marathon.. you will love it.

We surely will be asking Eddie about that first half-marathon finish!

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