Rodo Cao

//Rodo Cao

Nickname: Rodo!

How did you get started in multi-sport?

I always loved sports. But when I was a kid I saw a race back in Argentina. I always wanted to do one.

What is your triathlon/multisport history?

I did the Las Vegas Triathlon in 2012.  Since then I have done a lot of the BBSC races, most of them Sprints and Olympics.

What is your favorite triathlon/duathlon/multisport event and why.

I love Las Vegas Tri club races cause it is easier to see where everybody else is.  It helps with the racing experience. In some of the biggest races, you don’t really know who is ahead or behind you. Even though we know at the end of the day, we all are racing against ourselves. I really enjoy the friendly competition that the tri club races bring, especially because there is such a fast field in those races.

What has been your best athletic performance? Or the one you’re most proud of? Any PRs you’re especially proud of?

My first and only half Ironman was Arizona 70.3 in 2016. I did it in a 5:09 hours. My goal was to break 5:30 that year. After T2, I couldn’t believe how much time I had left to break 5:30.

What are the training or racing tips, tricks, or “aha” moments that have made the biggest impact on your swimming, biking, and running performance?

Learn how to listen to your body. I know we hear this all the time but it is SO hard to be honest with yourself. Do you feel down, or that you haven’t recovered from the last workout?  If so, go easy – it is not worth it to hit those intervals.  On the other hand – are you really feeling down or are you just making excuses to not hit those hills repeat? Find the balance between these.  Leave your ego on the side but at the same time don’t be sorry for yourself every session.

What lesson(s) have you learned that you could impart on the rest of us to save us from learning what you learned the hard way?

Unfortunately, in my first years. I didn’t have a lot of guidance, so I kinda learned a lot of things by making mistakes. I highly recommend getting a coach to help with training and nutrition or getting a training program. There are so many little details that can improve your race and training experience, especially in swimming.  If you are just getting into triathlons and you don’t have a swimming background, getting a coach can save you from picking a lot of bad habits, which after so many hours of training are hard to get rid of.

What is your favorite ride or rides, and why?

I love to ride red Rock loop. My epic ride is 3 loops. 1st low cadence, 2nd high cadence, 3rd survival!

Tell us one thing about yourself that we wouldn’t have guessed.

I’m a flair Bartender (you know – one of those guys flipping the bottles). Back in my 20s I use to do all the big flair bartender competitions. In 2005 I won a world championship here in Vegas. That’s why I moved to the USA.

Lastly, and most importantly – what is your “why?”  Why do you train and race triathlon or multisport? What gets you out of bed in the morning?

I love the lifestyle behind triathlons. It’s the kind of lifestyle I want around my kid and family. I also love the transformations around triathlons. Is not about getting stronger-faster, it’s about the person you have to become to get stronger-faster.

2019-02-01T04:37:05+00:00

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