Jan. 11, 2016

A poster child for what the EPT Racing triathlon team is all about, Jack is a dedicated member and represents to the fullest in his racing, volunteering, and supporting of his fellow teammates. Whether it be at a race, ball game, gala or early morning MSA Masters swim, you will find Jack humbly leading and supporting... usually with his #1 fan, wife Donna by his side. 

How did I get into Triathlon?

Lori Curtis, my spin coach at the Morrison YMCA, told me I should cross train for my cycling and she suggested the Siskey Tri Training group run by Mel Norris, Anne Marie Lax, Kelly Shearin and Diane Lancaster. Lori actually invited me to go on an outdoor cycling group ride and I was hooked on cycling and looking for ways to get better at my cycling. I owe so much to these wonderful coaches / people who have given me everything I needed to participate in this sport.

Favorite Discipline:

I don’t have a favorite although I believe I shine best in the swim in terms of performance. I hang near the top in my age group on the swim, fall to the bottom 25% on the bike and have been branded the “Slowest Whiteman in the South” on the run. At the end of a event, people are hanging around for me to come in and yell “Course is Clear.”

Career Highlight:

As a Finisher Athlete, in all things Triathlon, I would have to say that being asked to be a part of Epoch Performance Therapy Team ranks right up there with anything I have accomplished in my athletic career to date. To be around such gifted triathletes just makes my day and to watch the performances on any given day is so inspiring to me.

Favorite Local Race:

I lean into #ThunderRoad 13.1 as my favorite local race and rank Williamsburg 70.3 as a great place to Tri. Running Rock & Roll DC 26.2 last March with my daughter has been a highlight in my life. I worried that she did not train enough for it and my heart jumped for joy when she dropped me at mile 16 and cruised home 2 miles ahead of me.

Biggest Race Day Mistake:

For a guy who can go off-course despite a Police Escort I have so many mistakes I make each race day from forgetting something, going off course, over-hydrating, under-hydrating and the list goes on. This summer at Williamsburg 70.3, I started the swim with the Olympic Group rather than the half so I had to swim back to the start, then start over, swimming about one half mile more than I needed to. I just chalked it up to a good warm up enjoying the extra time in the water. I remember Jim Cary, on Facebook that week, saying you can choose to fail at things you don’t like or you can choose to fail at things you love.

Training Tool I could not do without:

My best and favorite training tool is Mike Williams. We all know what a Tool he can be!! Mike checks on me everyday while we prepare for IM Lou, waits for me at every turn on a bike course and help me run a little faster than I would if he was not there. He shares every new idea he learns of with me and I do not believe I could be leaning into IM Lou without him training with me this summer.

I also have to mention my coaches for IM Lou. Yes, I said coaches as I am making history by being the most coached Non-Athlete in the history of Triathlon. They are Sarah Hart, Patty Waldron, Marianne Holt, Nancy Mclwain, Diane Lancaster and Yusuf Boyd. Each coach has taken a part of my game and worked with me to improve it beyond my wildest dreams.

Nutrition Regimen:

Right now I am leaning into pre-race meal of approximately 500 calories usually eggs, toast and coffee and during the bike using peanut butter crackers, with Cliff & Bonk bars supplemented with Infinit and Enduralytes. The run is similar.

Recovery Regimen:

Post race is always Low-Fat Chocolate Milk followed shortly by the biggest juiciest cheeseburger I can find with a milkshake. I have learned to get along with my foam roller although it was really tough at first to intentionally hurt myself when I was tired and I always take a warm bath for long-runs. The hell with cold ice water recovery!

Tomato, Mozzarella Salad with Israeli Cous Cous and Cannellini Beans

0:30 Time · 15 Ingredients · 1 Steps

Another great grain based summer salad!

Greek Quinoa Salad

0:30 Time · 19 Ingredients · 1 Steps

Great summer salad featuring quinoia, fresh veggies and a great tangy dressing.


Apr 6th

Team Event (April) - HIT Cycling & Bradshaw's Social House

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Team ride at HIT Cycling and social at Bradshaw's

"Mayor" Jack Heil

If you're lucky enough to meet Jack, you're lucky enough.

Tri Suit

46 In Stock

EPT Racing's official tri suit

Short Sleeve Tri Suit

46 In Stock

EPT Racing Team's official racing tri suit

Tri Top (Singlet)

25 In Stock

EPT Racing Team's official gear

Cycling Shorts

47 In Stock

EPT Racing's Official Race Shorts

OwnWay Apparel

Official triathlon apparel sponsor for EPT Racing

HIT Cycling

Official cycle studio sponsor for EPT Racing. Visit our new site at hitcycling.com

Charlotte Running Co.

Official running store sponsor for EPT Racing

Collection For Jack's Mother

$415.00 Raised / $250.00 Goal

In honor of Marcelle T. Heil