About Shane

Shane Niemeyer is a motivational speaker, author, and full-time strength and endurance coach. He’s also an elite age group triathlete racing Ironman and 70.3 distance triathlons.

This is his inspiring story.

Hitting Rock Bottom

In 2003, Shane Niemeyer was an overweight, homeless drug addict. For the better part of a decade, Shane’s battle with alcohol and drugs had destroyed his relationship with his family and over time, his life. Like many addicts, Shane’s attempts to quit had failed over and over.

It was fall 2003, and Shane had just been arrested, again. Feeling no hope for the future, he made the decision to act on the only aspect of his life he felt he could control. He tried to commit suicide.

When he woke up in the medical unit of the Ada County Jail, his foot was broken from the fall, and he was restricted by a ”security blanket” that would keep him from hurting himself again. But in that concrete cell, his new life began. When Shane awoke, he wanted to quit drugs. He wanted to live. One of the guards tossed him a magazine to stave off his boredom, and in it was an article about the Ironman World Championships in Kona.

Enthralled by the concept of human beings swimming 2.4 mile miles, biking 112 miles, and finishing with a 26.2 mile marathon; Shane saw a route to recovery through the rigorous demands of triathlon. He set an impossible goal that day: when he got out of jail, he would train for and race Ironman, and one day qualify for Kona. That day ushered in the most formative period of his life.

The Road to Recovery

During the following year in prison, Shane got back in shape lifting weights and running laps in the prison yard. He read voraciously about philosophy and behavioral science, cultivating positive thoughts and constructive behaviors. He was released in late 2004, and went almost immediately to a local bike shop. The owners of that bike shop were among the first people to give Shane a second chance in his new life, allowing him to borrow and work off the cost of his first triathlon bike. That winter, Shane trained doggedly, commuting to his new job by bike and on foot through snow, wind and rain.

Six months after his release he competed in his first triathlon. His time was nothing to write home about. But he stuck with it. Despite failures, setbacks, and injuries; Shane persevered with his triathlon training and racing. For a few years, he came close to qualifying for Kona but would just miss the mark. He didn’t give up.

In 2009, Shane finished 18th overall at Ironman Wisconsin, qualifying him for the Ironman World Championships in Kona. He has since raced at the World Championships every year thereafter.

Since his early races, Shane has evolved as an athlete and a human being. He emphasizes, “It’s not the training and racing that are important. It’s our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors…The quality of our lives is directly proportional to the quality of our being, to our conduct, and the way we treat one another.”

Motivating Others

Today, Shane is a motivational speaker and full-time triathlon and strength coach. He’s the author of training articles as well an autobiography to be published April 2014. As an elite age group triathlete, he competes against the top 1% at Ironman and 70.3 races. In 2012, Shane married pro triathlete Mandy McLane, and the two live and train in the endurance sports mecca of Boulder, Colo.

As a motivational speaker, Shane shares lessons from his own experiences to identify the thought patterns and attitudes that lead us astray, as well as the scientific and philosophical principles that can change our lives. Learn more about Shane’s motivational speaking.

As a triathlon and fitness coach, Shane leverage his experiences as an athlete and a strength and conditioning expert to help others achieve their true ambitions and live healthily and happily. Learn more about Shane’s coaching.

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