Profile: Keith Peters

Q.Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in La Grande, Oregon, and grew up all over the world – I was an army “brat,” and moved eight times before I was twelve years old. I’ve carried that tradition on through my adult life — not the army part — and have now moved a total to 20 times (not house-to-house, but place-to-place).

Q.You’ve had a career involved with endurance sports?
I rowed crew at UCLA in the early 70s, then started running once I graduated college. My running, coupled with a degree in recreation administration from Long Beach State, led me to work with Nike in their running sports marketing group. I was never very fast, but could run six minute miles for a long time — long enough to be able to run with some of the elite runners I worked with … on their easy days.

Q.How did you get involved in cycling? When did you start racing?
I dabbled in cycling a bit while working at Nike, but traveled too much and didn’t have the time necessary to train while I worked full time. I left Nike eleven years ago, and immediately started riding more and more. The first few years were devoted to building a solid base of miles, largely because the big race in Jackson Hole, where I was living, is LOTOJA, a 206 mile race from Logan, Utah, to Jackson, Wyoming. After finishing LOTOJA, I discovered the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah, and I’ve been racing ever since.

Q.You’re a TT specialist on the road and track. Do you have a preference? 
Yes, I find TTs to be most like running — you’re on your own, pushing the limit throughout the race. While I’ve had some success in road TTs, I certainly wouldn’t call myself a TT specialist on the track. I started riding at Encino a couple of summers ago, thinking the training would help my road TTs, and it has, particularly the motor pacing I’ve been doing with Quinn Hatfield’s “breakfast club” this past winter and spring.

You can’t train with Quinn without catching the bug for track racing, and I’m very much looking forward to the upcoming Master’s SCNCA Track Championships. I’ll be riding the 60+ 2K TT and, hopefully, the 55+ Team TT.

Which do I prefer? They couldn’t be more different. Racing for less than three minutes is a very different challenge than racing for almost an hour. Suffice it to say, I like them both.

I do, however, prefer training on the track. And not just because you get to sit around a lot between hard efforts.

Q.What are your goals and how are you training for them?
Master’s SCNCA Track Championships: 2K TT and 3K TTT. USA Cycling Master’s Road National Championships: 30K TT and the road race.

I’ll focus on the track through June, adding a second day with Quinn’s group each week, then will shift my focus to the longer stuff. I’m hoping Quinn and Henry Shibata will keep the training group going after state and national track championships, as I think the motor pacing is great training for any event, short or long.

Q.How did you come to join La Grange?
I worked with Mark Capalbo at Nike, and rode with Mark and Chad Tulloch soon after I moved to Ojai when they were up here for a fall training weekend. Being an old west-sider from my UCLA days, and lacking a local competitive team to join, I thought La Grange would be a good fit for me.

Q.Talk a bit about your involvement and leadership in the green movement.
I’ve always been involved in organizing running races, and have always been an environmentalist. Five years ago, the publisher of Road Race Management, and running industry trade newsletter, asked me to do a one-day workshop on greening running events. Soon thereafter I launched my consulting business, Eco-Logistics, and last fall became the executive director of the Council for Responsible Sport — we are like LEED Certification, but for sports events.

Q.Favorite sports movie?
Without Limits, the better of the two Steve Prefontaine movies. You knew I’d pick a Nike movie, didn’t you?

Q.Favorite song to listen to on the trainer pre-race?
Billy Idol’s White Wedding. Two times through is perfect for the last 4 minutes hard, two minutes easy, two minutes really hard I do before every TT.

Q.What is your favorite post-ride meal?
Nothing beats a burrito!

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