Cross Country Q&A: Patrick & Tim Wells

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Patrick and Tim Wells are freshmen on the cross country team as well as competitive duathletes (running and biking) who are among the best in the world in their age group. The twins tell us about why they chose Pepperdine and what it is like being a duathlete:

Patrick  Wells Tim  Wells

Q: How has your first couple of weeks been so far at Pepperdine?

Tim: It has been going well. It's been a little challenging trying to find all of the classes, but everything else has been good. The environment is great and the team has been very welcoming.

Patrick: It has been going great. All the teachers have been very kind, and I don't think it is tough trying to find the classes. Everyone is just really kind here.

Q: What made you decide to come to Pepperdine?

Patrick: I wanted to stay in Southern California, since we are from the Burbank area. Going to Pepperdine was a really good opportunity that opened up and I decided to take it.

Tim: I wanted to go to a school that was really good academically and athletically, so that was a big reason why I decided to come here.

Q: Did you both always want to go to school together or did it just work out that way?

Tim: A little bit of both. We kind of wanted to go to school together, and it worked out that we could both go here.

Q: I have heard you are both duathletes! Tell me a little about how you both got into that.

Tim: We began just using biking for cross training and injury prevention and as something else to do besides just running. We found that we loved competing in the sport. We've gotten to go to a couple of World Championships. It has been a really fun experience and something I would like to continue in the future.

Patrick: For me it is a similar reason. We are near San Diego and there are a lot of duathlons there. Our parents brought up the idea to us because it is good to do other things besides just running and we really like to bike.

Q: You both recently competed in this year's World Championships. What was it like?

Tim: The whole experience was pretty awesome since it was my first championship. It was in Canada. It was really cool to represent the United States and race against everyone.

Patrick: It is a whole new level. You see people from around the world competing. It is pretty serious. You see some of the professionals in the races after you and it is really cool to watch.

Q: What did you place in the championship?

Tim: I placed fourth in my age group and 11th overall.

Patrick: I placed eighth in my age group.

Q: Is being a duathlete something you want to continue doing into the future?

Patrick: Definitely. I would like to start getting into triathlons. I have not had a lot of time to swim, so that is why I have stuck with duathlons. I definitely want to step into the triathlon world.

Tim: It is definitely something I want to continue for quite a while. Hopefully for the rest of my life I can keep competing in duathlons.

Q: What is the difference between training for cross country and for a duathlon?

Tim: Training for cross country is a lot more mileage because the races are 8K, so about five miles. You have to have a lot of endurance and speed. Duathlons are an endurance event too, but it is a different type of training.

Patrick: You practice different things in a duathlon. You have to practice transitions and think more about nutrition throughout the race, and get water or a power gel during the race. In cross country, you just run straight and power through.

Q: What are your goals for this year?

Tim: Move up a little higher in the standings compared to the past couple of years. We have a good group of athletes. The seniors and juniors have been doing really well. We have a younger group, which will be good for the future. The main goal would be to do well at the WCC Championships. Specifically, place in the top half of the table.

Patrick: The goal is to build the team and keep improving upon each race and to stay positive throughout the season.

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