As for injuries or challenges, Tyler has been fortunate in that he’s had nothing worse than leg cramps and a broken finger or toe. His biggest hurdle comes down to balancing his time. He works out of town on shift work where he’s home one week and gone the next. As such, he says that he finds it difficult to strike a balance between family time, his own time, and training.
But he makes it work. In the future, Tyler aims to make a solo attempt at the Canadian Death Race. He also expresses that he wants to improve his swimming in order to participate in a triathlon.
He says, “My addiction is not smoking or drinking or anything like that. MIne is running or just exercise in general. I’m not one to stay sitting.”
And over the years, Tyler has developed his own pre and post race traditions. He indulges in peanut butter toast and oatmeal before a big race, fueling him and giving him the energy he needs. Post-race, he turns to Miss Vicki’s Salt and Vinegar Chips.
Tyler leaves with advice for new runners or those just getting into exercise by saying, “Remember, everyone has to start somewhere. Don’t get discouraged by failure. Push yourself and believe that you can do it. I know it sounds sort of cliche, but I really believe in the saying. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. As long as you believe in yourself, you will succeed.”