“I also lost a great friend of mine in Iraq in 2007. His name was Adrian Elizalde, and he was a Green Beret. Adrian and I served together in the 82nd, and I’ve worn his KIA bracelet ever since I learned of his passing.”
Maine resident Brady J. Coulombe, a former serviceman, is honoring Adrian Elizalde by participating in Rev3’s Old Orchard Beach on August 23rd, the date corresponding with Elizalde’s death. Not only is the date significant, but so is this particular Rev3 race. Working the race’s traffic detail as a police officer, Coulombe saw the pros, Jesse Thomas and Conrad Stoltz, run past. “I knew this is what I needed to do. I made the decision that day that I was going to compete in a 2013 Rev3 and not look back. A triathlon is a physically demanding race, and I’ve been pushed physically beyond my limits. My plan will be to let it all hang out, and not just take part in the Rev3 but to actually go out and try to win,” says Coulombe.
It wasn’t an easy road for Coulombe. “When I got out of the military I let myself go physically while I was in college. At one point I weighed 220lbs. After college, in 2006, I became a police officer in Old Orchard Beach, and had to get back into shape, for the police academy. Last year I decided to race in a few 5Ks and 10Ks,” he says.
Training for Rev3’s OOB really worked wonders on Coulombe’s physical and mental state. So far, he’s lost 31 pounds and is in better shape than when he was serving in the military. He recently competed in a 4-mile road race in his hometown and shattered his PR average pace by a minute and a half. Certainly moving in the right direction, he remains focused. “We owe the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us; the least I can do is suffer through this training and push the pace and compete!”
Plus, the added thoughts of his friend keep him even more determined. “I try to honor Adrian everyday by living my life to the fullest. Adrian and many other men and women have given us an amazing gift, and in the words of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, ‘If someone buys your life at the price of his life, you do not dare waste it. Your moral, sacred responsibility is to lead the fullest, richest, best life you can.’” Inspiring words for all the Rev3 athletes.