Jan. 3, 2016

Paul is the CEO of Epoch Universal, based locally in the Ballantyne area. He has offices in Irvine, CA and Colorado Springs, CO. Epoch specializes in technical consulting including designing, provisioning, implementing and supporting advanced IT solutions for clients.

Paul is another founding member of this team. In 2013, he saw an opportunity to continue to bring 30 athletes together in training, and racing triathlons. Since then, he has partnered with Performance Therapy creating the power house that is Epoch Performance Therapy Racing.

If he is not out providing top notch customer experiences, you will find him training. Whether it is on the pool deck, leading a group ride, or sponsoring a local 10k, Paul dedicates 100% to whatever he is doing. Rarely do you find someone so personable.

Have a safe and happy 4th — We’ll see you out at the races!

How did you get into Triathlon?
My first experience with the sport of triathlon came in late 2003 when I agreed to sign up for the California Half Ironman Triathlon (IM Oceanside 70.3) with two coworkers. At the time I signed up I didn’t own a bike and had never done more than a 5k running event. Needless to say, during my training I completed my first half marathon (San Diego Half), my first century ride (Solvang Century) and I went on to complete the half Ironman in a time of 7:08:06.

What is your favorite discipline?
My favorite discipline in the sport of triathlon is by far the bike. While I enjoy swimming and running I love riding my bike. Time trials, triathlons, century rides, group charity rides, nothing better than being on two wheels.

What is your career highlight?
While completing my first half ironman (California Half Ironman) in 2004 with a time of 7:08:06, then returning 10 years later to complete the same course (IM Oceanside 70.3) in 5:55:32 was a huge career highlight, nothing will ever compare to crossing the finish line at IM Coeur d’Alene in 2012. Everyone knows that rush of emotion you feel when you finish a race, crossing the finish line at IM CDA was surreal.

And biggest challenge?
The most challenging event I’ve ever completed was Blood, Sweat & Gears in 2013. Against the recommendation of several people I took my tri bike to the event which was geared for going fast on a TT course. After completing the first climb (5 miles into the ride) I knew I was in trouble. I went on to make the time cutoff and finish the event but vowed to never do that event again. Needless to say, I’m doing it again this year, on the same bike however this year it will be geared properly.

Favorite local race?
My favorite local race is the Jetton Park Triathlon hosted by Jeff and Sheila Wakeman. I’ve volunteered at this event, competed in this event as an age grouper and took second place in the men’s relay last year.

What is the biggest race day mistake you’ve made that you’ll never forget?
This biggest race day mistake I ever made was at the California Half Ironman in 2004. I did not use any body glide around the back of my neck when I put my wetsuit on, as a result I had major chaffing. It made for a very long and painful race and took weeks to heel.
What is your one training tool that you couldn’t live without?
When it comes to training, I couldn’t live without my Garmin or iPod. I’m big on accountability and the Garmin definitely keeps me accountable. I love to listen to music when I run so the iPod is a must.

Do you have a strict nutrition regimen?
While I do follow a strict “fueling” regimen for longer endurance races, I do not follow a strict nutrition regimen on a daily basis. I love to eat (and drink), that’s the whole reason I do triathlons so I can continue to do so.

Recovery regimen?
I do not have a specific recovery regimen that I follow other than to plan recovery (or active recovery) days into my training schedule. I listen to my body, it lets me know when I need to push harder or take more rest.

Goals for the upcoming year and beyond? 
My biggest goal for this year is to grow and develop the EPT Racing Triathlon Team. I feel as though we are off to a great 2014 season as a new team with a lot of room for improvement for the 2015 season. It is amazing to be surrounded by such great athletes, amazing sponsors and a sense of camaraderie as a team.

Tomato, Mozzarella Salad with Israeli Cous Cous and Cannellini Beans

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Another great grain based summer salad!

Greek Quinoa Salad

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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

Paul Harrold

Team Founder | CEO of Epoch Universal

Tri Suit

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EPT Racing's official tri suit

Short Sleeve Tri Suit

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EPT Racing Team's official racing tri suit

Tri Top (Singlet)

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EPT Racing Team's official gear

Cycling Shorts

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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