Dr. Scott Leslie is a TEAM DelMo Ambassador Athlete, a member of the Wildwood Warriors Tri Team, an accomplished Chiropractor and Certified Athletic Trainer, multiple IRONMAN finisher
Each month, we sit down with a DelMoSports athlete and ask them five questions.
Dr. Scott Leslie is a TEAM DelMo Ambassador Athlete, a member of the Wildwood Warriors Tri Team, an accomplished Chiropractor and Certified Athletic Trainer, multiple IRONMAN finisher, the genius behind our “Monday Memes” on the DelMoSports Facebook page and a proud family man. Happy Father’s Day to Scott and all the dads out there! Here we go.
1. What are your race goals this season?
After three consecutive years of training for the slower “slog” of Ironman distance races , I am very pleased to be concentrating on becoming a faster triathlete at the Sprint/Olympic distances. I have all the DelMoSports races on the schedule this year including the IMAC 70.3, in addition a local Long Island sprint to try to accomplish this goal.
2. Best racing advice?
The advice I give out, especially to patients of mine who are getting into the sport is to be a realist before you are an optimist when you are setting your pre-race plan and in-race adjustments. Understand what paces and effort levels are reasonable for you to obtain during a race and try to stick to them as closely as possible. Just as a golfer who drives the ball 250 yards in practice cannot expect to hit 300 yards off the tee in competition, a triathlete cannot expect to swim/bike/run much faster beyond what they have trained for prior to race day.
3. Favorite pre-race meal?
Bagels with peanut butter is my go-to pre-race meal with a couple of bananas while sipping water or diluted sports drink.
4. Do you pee on the bike?
I have never been able to pee on the bike nor have I really seriously tried it.
Though I can hold my own in Sprint and Olympic distances, the race is over too quickly for peeing on the bike to be necessary. Since I am not close to being able be to qualify for Ironman Kona , I am not concerned with taking a several minute time penalty in an Ironman race day just to pee in a civilized matter.
5. Tell us three things we should know about you.
You may not need to know these things, but I’ll share some trivia about myself.
1) I am a NJ native (Old Bridge) who now lives on Long Island, NY. My educational and professional background over the last 23 years is in Exercise Physiology, Certified athletic Training (Licensed Sports medicine professionals that specialize in sports injuries) and Sports Chiropractic. I am in private practice located in Babylon, NY as well as an adjunct professor at a local college teaching Anatomy/Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology.
2) Over the last three years I was able to complete IRONMAN Lake Placid (2013), Challenge Atlantic City (2014) and the most amazing race Challenge Roth (2015). The highlight was my finisher pictures with my two sons crossing in Atlantic City and Roth, Germany.
3) On my way to IM Lake Placid I was able to raise approximately $2500 for a local charity Tri-ing for Kids and on my way to Challenge Roth, I raised approximately $4300 for a family in my town whose twin daughter has been battling an aggressive brain tumor since she was about to enter first grade.