Perseverance and Passion with Eric Logan

Tell us about your introduction to Endurance sports?

My name is Eric Logan and I live in Thomaston, Ga. I am a duathlete and runner.

My daily routine was basically a 70-mile commute to downtown Atlanta to work, sitting behind a computer for 8 hours, and then an even longer drive home because of rush hour traffic. Once home, I was on the sofa, watching TV and eating junk foods until I went to bed. By 2013, my sedentary lifestyle eventually caught up with me. I gained weight, going up to around 250 pounds. I felt slow, sluggish and tired most of the time. Aches and pain when I got out of bed each morning. I felt uncomfortable and out of breath even doing simple activities such as walking up stairs. It was like my body was entirely drained of energy. One day I woke up and thought, “If this

is how I am in my 40s, how bad will it be when I am in my 50s, 60s or 70s OR would I even make it to be that old?” I realized that as I was getting older, my chances to develop a lot of medical problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart issues, and sleep apnea were higher especially as a Black man. More importantly, I also wanted to be around and healthy for my wife and daughter. I decided it was time to make a change and began my fitness journey to improve my health. I started running in 2013 at the age of 41 as a means to lose weight and improve my health. Always looking for something different and a new challenge to take me out of my comfort zone, I signed up for my first duathlon event in 2017 at the age of 46 and immediately fell in love with the challenge of the run-bike-run format. Duathlons are my chance to test my athleticism and improve my performance with each race. This is my time to push my personal potential and see what I can accomplish.

What does being Black With Endurance mean to you?

Endurance basically means the capability to sustain for an extended period of time. We work continuously without getting tired to achieve success. When you experience challenges, endure them and learn from them. The challenges of life forged who I am today. With each challenge I grew mentally as well as physically. At the end of the day, Black With Endurance is about moving forward with your head held high displaying a strength that cannot be denied no matter what.

In communities that are urban or predominantly black, participating in Endurance sports isn't really what is considered normal, some even say it's for "white people" how have you learned to deal with these negative stereotypes?

Negativity and doubt are fuel for me. The more people say I can’t do something or tell me I won’t be successful at whatever or try to convince me that I’ll have a hard time making it because I’m Black, I work harder to prove them wrong, whether it personally, professionally, or athletically. Ultimately, my motivation is to prove to those who doubt me that I can be great. I want to prove to those who judge me to never judge a book by its cover.

Who are some athletes that inspire you? and why?

Muhammad Ali because his work ethic and natural ability made him unstoppable. Ali was known

for his dedication. He was always first in and last to leave the gym and he would even go into train when he wasn’t fighting. From that, I learned to make my training an extension of my day by fitting them into my daily routine and working hard from warm-up to cool-down. I am also inspired by Deion Sanders. Sanders wasn't just the best athlete on the field. He was also one of the smartest. Even though he possessed the natural athleticism to be the best cover cornerback in NFL history, he spent his spare time studying video relentlessly to be great. He was known to repeatedly study the intricate details of his opponents in an attempt to gain an advantage. Furthermore, he believed that if you practice at your best, you will eventually play at your best. That is why I show up each day willing to work. My goal is to improve by repeatedly practicing to be the absolute best that I can be as an athlete.

As a kid what sports did you play? and how do you feel that contributes to your athleticism now?

Believe it or not, I did NOT participate in any organized sports as a kid. I was NOT athletic at all. I went outside and played and loved riding my bike. Heck, I was always the last kid picked for teams during P.E. In high school, I did participate in the ROTC program for 4 years and was a member of the ROTC Precision Drill Team (the team that spins and throws around 8lb rifles to each other…I have some stories from those 4 years 😂).

What has been the most physically challenging thing you have done to date?

The Chattahoochee Challenge Half (Duathlon) in 2018. It consisted of a 5k run, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run. While I took 2nd Place AG, it took a lot out of me to finish.

What is one, or are some of your bucket list events that you want to compete in, or complete?

My ultimate goal as a duathlete is to one day qualify to be on Team USA to compete in the ITU Multisport World Championships. While I probably won’t be competing in 2022, but I hope to race the USAT Multisport National Championships Festival. Another is to participate in the London

Duathlon. Running in a marathon has never been one of my goals but I would like to run the Honolulu Marathon for the experience and scenic view without the pressure of a time limit.

Can you recall an event where you feel you could have done more to get a better outcome? What event, and what would you have done differently?

The first that comes to mind is the 2019 USAT Duathlon National Championships where I literally missed qualifying to be on Team USA to compete in the ITU Multisport World Championships by 1 minute. One minute. To be fair, we raced during a severe thunderstorm and the course and distances had to be changed to keep everyone safe but 1 minute. I was mentally thrown off my game because of the bad weather AND that the race was changed. Since then, I have learned that the race is still the race and focus on performing my best no matter what changes happen.

Each one, Teach one; is an African proverb derived from slavery when black people were denied basic education, when someone learned something it became their responsibility to teach others. What is something you have learned on your journey that you would like to extend to other athletes entering your sport?

At the end of the day, it’s not about PRs or podiums. It’s about perseverance and passion. Real success takes earning every inch. Through success, you’ll learned the value of hard work and the importance of humility. You can learn just as much from the challenging process of improving as you can from winning races.

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