What’s Your Workout? Nathan Otte


»What is your workout schedule?

“One to two hours daily, seven days a week when possible. It can be anything from CrossFit to running, cycling, swimming or playing tennis or basketball.”

» What is your favorite workout to do and why?

“Trail running at the forestry in Brownstown. It’s one of the toughest workouts to get through, but it doesn’t feel like a workout. Taking my dog, Sadie, for a run around town is a close second.”

» Where do you work out, and what do you like about that place?

“I go to CrossFit Seymour for strength and high-intensity workouts. The members and coaches push me more than I would by myself. For endurance workouts, I like to join run or bike groups through the Seymour MultiSport Club.”

» What do you eat or avoid eating to be healthy?

“I’m a vegetarian and generally try to stay away from food-like products that come in a box or package. I’m hoping to see more growth in the local food systems.”

» What are your fitness goals?

“My first goal is continue dialing in my nutrition, then I’d like to start working toward a sub-five-hour 70.3 triathlon over the next two years. I’m working on my coaching certification for triathlon to be able to bring more local education and group training opportunities to the area.”

» What are some fitness goals that you have achieved that you’re proud of?

“Finishing the Jackson-Washington 50-mile ultramarathon was definitely the hardest race I’ve completed, and I was happy going nearly two hours faster than my previous finishing time at Ironman Louisville in 2013.”

»Are you currently training (or plan on training) for any type of event, such as a marathon, triathlon, etc.? If so, what does your training or routine involve?

“I’m working to build my strength and endurance every day, so I’m not following a plan for a particular event. I try to find 30 to 60 minutes a day during the week, then do a longer run and bike ride on the weekends. I like to participate in local races whenever possible, such as pacing for the Seymour Half-Marathon. The FFY triathlon in Columbus always has a great representation from Seymour, and hopefully, we can build the local participation at the Jackson-Washington trail run this December.”

» How does exercising make you feel?

“Being fit just feels good. I enjoy being able to participate in anything and everything life throws my way, and I want others around me to experience this feeling, too.”

» What is your advice to encourage others to exercise?

“Start small and slow down. Running can actually be enjoyable if you start with walking. I would also encourage them to begin exercising socially, such as in a run or bike group, or in a class setting like CrossFit Lite. Those with a little more experience always enjoy helping people who are new, so please don’t be intimidated or feel like you are too slow to join a group.”

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