About

I am John Hirsch: 4 time top 10 Professional Ironman Triathlete, and 3 times Spartan Masters Ultra Beast World Champ.

This blog is the personal journal of me, John Hirsch who In 1999 I transitioned from the singer of the punk-metal-hardcore band Faultline, to the world of endurance sports. In 2000 I did my first Ironman, IMLP finishing in 10:26, I qualified for kona in 2002 and and turned pro after 2003.

My pro career highlights include four top 10 Pro results from Ironman Lousiville, Beach 2 Battleship and Lake Placid, Israman and qualifying and competing as a pro in 70.3 World Championships (2009) and the International Triathlon Union Long Course World Championships in Victoria -Gasteiz Spain. 11th at Challenge AC in 2014 and winning my first world title as master World Champion of the Spartan Ultra Beast in 2015 then defending it in 2016 and 2017.

Beyond racing I have coached since 2003 and run a training and racing squad dubbed the Evil Racing Cult which has sent athletes to the Ironman World Championships, the ITU world Championships, the Xterra World Championships and the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. I am also the head coach of the non-profit charity team Team Continuum (www.teamcontinuum.net) which has spots for the NYC Half Marathon, NYC Marathon, NYC Triathlon and Ironman Lake Placid and. I am also the co-organizer owner of SLB-ERC LLC which organizes the Strong Like Bull Training Camps (www.stronglikebulltraining.com), started in 2006 which takes place yearly in Andalusia Spain. SLB-ERC LLC also owns The Evil Racing Cult Wheels, which are race quality all carbon wheels.

I am also a writer who’s been published in the the New York Daily News, www.slowtwitch.com Xtri.com and other on-line sites including my own blog www.johnhirsch.org I am also active on twitter as @j_hirsch (www.twitter.com/j_hirsch and IG as @thedeerrunner

In my free time I am still a part time public interest/human rights lawyer currently focused on criminal defense for the poor and have a degrees from Columbia Law School and Connecticut College (go Camels!).

I like long walks on the beach and puppies and dark chocolate.

One Comment

  1. i reached your blog from cititri’s facebook page. i enjoyed reading your bio and race report from this past weekend. this is my 3rd season racing triathlon after playing baseball and football my whole life and i have definitely found a new love. ive had 2 full years of coaching and finally feel like im starting to understand the sport a little. i raced my 1st 70.3 last Sept and posted 5:18 at Toughman. This year im racing Bassman 70.3, Syracuse 70.3 and IMLP in July. Do you have your race schedule posted? I hope to see you in May. -Allen

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