Eric Zane to ride 80 mile MSU Gran Fondo, in Grand Rapids, June 25th
Eric Zane is a well-known radio personality with more than a decade of experience as a host on a national radio talk shows and a large, diverse fanatical fan following!
1. Eric, apart from being a well-known radio personality (and getting in trouble now and again), we understand you got involved in triathlon years ago. When and how did you get involved?
I became involved with triathlons when I was training for the Disney Half Marathon in 2009. At the time my plantar fasciitis was so severe that I couldn't run all that much. So I swam to help with heart and lung strength. A lifeguard at my local YMCA suggested I do a triathlon. I looked into it and decided to try my first race in May of 2009!
2. How has sport changed your life?
The sport has changed my life because it's like having a second job for the amount of time that I train. That sounds negative but it's really not because of the positive impact it has on my mental health and overall well-being.
3. Do you prefer running, swimming or cycling? Be honest?
I'm strongest at swimming, so I like that the most. However, that's only 10 percent of my races, so I need to get faster at the other two disciplines.
4. What's the toughest endurance event you've done to date?
The Michigan Titanium was the hardest thing I've ever done. It was my first Iron distance race and I had some nutrition issues that caused me to fall apart and almost pulled off the course. But I came around and finished.
5. In regards to the MSU Gran Fondo route? Will 80 miles be out of your comfort zone? If so what's your training plan!?
The 80 miles will be perfect. It lines up with my training now, so it'll work out. My long rides are at about that level now.
6. Not everyone one is familiar with the term "Gran Fondo", what does it mean to you?
I'm not sure what "Gran Fondo" means. I will guess that it means "Giant Fondue". Ha ha!
7. Do you manage to get out on the bike regularly and do you have a favorite training route?
Yes, I ride a lot. Tuesday's are zone 5 repeats on Fillmore Hill in Jenison, Mich. Thursday is zone 4 intervals on the road and Sunday is my long day where I travel out to Grand Haven, down to Holland and back to Hudsonville. I never ride on busy roads. I do my best to avoid busy roads as drivers are crazy and they've announced war on bikers. My diligence to avoid the roads has worked as I haven't even been honked at in three years.
8. You’re well known for being active in your local community and helping people. What's your motivation to ride the MSU Gran Fondo?
My motivation has always been children with disabilities and families that suffer loss of children / siblings. The MSU Gran Fondo gives me the opportunity to also raise money for skin cancer research at Michigan State University.
Donations can be made online at msugranfondo.com.
About Eric Zane
Eric Zane is a radio personality with more than a decade of experience as a host on a nationally syndicated radio talk shows with a diverse fanatical fan following.
Dedication to community is something Eric has never lacked. He is a lifelong Roman Catholic, and his Faith leads him to give and support causes in his community.
You can listen to the “Eric Zane show” on 107.3 WBBL-FM in Grand Rapids every morning from 6am-10am.