From Nation's Triathlon to a Nation's Dream
Author: Omar Nour
My name is Omar Nour, and I am a professional Egyptian Triathlete.
Just under four years ago, I was 70lbs overweight, working 80 hours a week, and couldn't care less about athletics, but now I’m trying to write history by becoming the first Egyptian triathlete to qualify for and compete in the in the 2012 London Olympic games.
Sound impossible? It's my story. I was born in Cairo, Egypt, and my family later moved to Lausanne, Switzerland. When I was a teenager, we moved to the United States, where I later attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. I put off plans for med school and teamed up with my brother, Diaa, to launch a telecom start-up. In 2007 on a whim, a dare, and one too many "fat jokes," I entered my first triathlon - The Nation's Triathlon. I weighed 235lbs. It was a humbling experience. After the post-race fatigue, nausea, and mild hallucinations subsided, I realized something: I was hooked on triathlon. Perhaps more accurately, I was hooked on the incredible sense of accomplishment it gave me.
Over the next year, I began to train harder, and learned to train smarter. I also began to focus on weight-training, cross-training, diet and nutrition, and how to balance all of this with rest and a more reasonable work schedule. My results began to improve dramatically. I lost 70lbs, and I began to consistently win my age group.
That's when I decided to turn pro. I had the full support of my brother, my friends, and my fellow athletes, but I harbored a much loftier goal: I wanted a place at the Olympic table.
I’m now down to 165lbs, and I’m working hard toward reaching my dream. While some might think I'm naive -- "Omar's Dreamland" became a common term among my training group, AOAT -- I remain committed to my goals, and adhere to the plan that my team has drawn out to get me there.
I’m an Egyptian, a triathlete, and will hopefully be an Olympian. But I’m also a Washingtonian. I love the Nations Triathlon, which is not only my hometown race, but also one of my favorite races on the planet! The chance to exit the warm waters of the Potomac, race amongst and between our treasured national monuments, and run in our nation's capitol is an incredible opportunity.
Over the coming months, I’ll keep you updated on my progress, and I’ll also share training and racing tips from the pros. Think of me as your inside connection. In the meantime, keep training, and I’ll see you at The Nations Triathlon!
Omar Nour was born in Cairo, Egypt, raised in picturesque Lausanne, Switzerland and is currently a DC-resident and Pro triathlete. Once bound for medical school, Nour delayed his plans and immersed himself in the IT sector. After two years of 80hr weeks, he weighed nearly 230lbs. Needing to find balance, he entered a triathlon on a whim and despite seeing stars at the finish line, what he really saw was a new career path opening before him. Fast forward two years, and Nour has lost over 65lbs, earned his pro card, has raced all around the globe, and is now poised to make history. If he qualifies for the 2012 London games, he will be the first Egyptian triathlete in Olympic history. As 2011 gets underway, the road to the Olympics is o.n.
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