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Evan Training Blog

My new training cycle starts May 1st.  This is will be the plan I use to go into the four events I have planned as my “season”.  Hagerstown Duathlon went well and allowed me to see that my winter run training paid off pretty well and is still going strong.  A new focus on nutrition, conditioning and pre/post workout needs has me really excited for this year but mostly Nation’s.  Nation’s Tri is a race I want back from last year as I was really upset with how I did there last year.  With new training comes needed things for that to happen.

New training shoes are the first on the list.  Yes, your race day shoes are not the ones you put the pounding miles on from training.  My training shoes are more cushioned and longer lasting all around than the shoes that I race in.  The guys at Potomac River Running have always helped out with that.  They put so much effort into making sure that you are fitted correctly in a shoe that is going to be right for your stride and for what you are needing them for.   Like always I will head back to them (I always go to the Rockville location) for new running shoes and will continue to do so!

Evan Zilliox

Evan has been exposed to the endurance lifestyle for about 12 years now as an active duty member of the military where physical fitness is an intricate piece of the job. He grew up with a love for anything on two wheels from mountain biking to cycling. After competing in a large amount of endurance challenges and obstacle races while stationed in California, he was dared to do a sprint triathlon in 2012 by a co-worker at Camp Pendleton. Like all that compete in triathlon, he was hooked. Shortly after his first race the Navy moved him and his family to the DC Metro area. In 2013 Evan completed 8 triathlons from sprint to half-iron distance as well as 4 10k's and a half marathon. Nation's Tri was one of these races. After his first 3 events of the year, he scored a goal that was set for a year later and qualified for USAT Nationals. Evan plans to take a slightly less hectic schedule of races this year with only 5 events all at the sprint and olympic distance before trying his hand again next year at the 70.3 and 140.6 distance. Evan is the Featured Athlete from our Official Running Store Partner, Potomac River Running. You can follow his training blog at