Hi! My name is Patrick Mckeon. I’m a professional triathlete (yeah – everyday I swim, bike, run … and recover… and then do it all over again…everyday…for a living. I know right?!). I live and train in Boulder, Colorado but I call Philadelphia my “home”. Born and raised.
My childhood dream was always to become a professional athlete. I played every sport possible growing up, and I was good at all of them. My teenage years took me down a road I wasn’t sure I’d ever make it back from. I struggled with drug and alcohol addiction from the age of 15 to 20. May 9th 2009, Mother’s Day, I checked myself into a rehabilitation center where I spent the next 9 months desperately trying to get my life back. During that time, I had to try and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I remember spending hours on the treadmill just running to run. I didn’t know why I ran or what drove me to do it, but everyday I’d show up and run. I followed the only dream I’d ever had, to become a professional athlete. Later that year in October I went to Kona, Hawaii to watch my mom race the Ironman World Championships. As I stood on the side of the road, watching the professionals race like gods, a fire was lit inside of me. Since that day, my life has been about one goal, and one dream, to race as a top American competitor in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
That’s a tall order, right?
Fast forward 8 years and here I am…now a professional triathlete, with a very real chance of making those dreams a reality. But it didn’t come easy – there were certainly challenging times.
The first step is probably the easiest: making the decision to pursue the dream. But the actual pursuit? Well – those are the guts of the journey: the learning curve, the details, the decisions, the changes, the s-l-o-w progression, the setbacks, then the failures… but what keeps you going are those glimpses of success. Gentle reminders that all you need to do is just keep putting one foot in front of the other, just one step at a time and you’ll get there.
One of the very first things I changed in my new life was my diet. Eating healthy, and clean was a huge part of my transformation into the athlete and person I am today. I remember my Aunt Lisa (Maguire) introducing me to the Groothie for the first time over the holidays in 2010. I was hooked. I think my body had been craving the nutrients for years. The Groothie was kinda my gateway drug. It introduced me to a whole new way of thinking about food, I saw it more as a way to nourish the body and mind, and less about just stuffing my stomach. First thing I had every morning – a Groothie smoothie: nothing but organic greens, organic apples, bananas and pineapple. It’s real and raw and packaged with tons of nutritions, antioxidants. Even now, green smoothies of all kinds are a part of my daily routine. I’m pretty creative in the kitchen so I’ve taken Groothie and come up with all kinds of delicious, nutritious recipes to suit my needs as an endurance athlete. Don’t get me wrong, the Groothie doesn’t need anything more, it packs a serious nutritional punch, even delivering protein straight from the greens. But sometimes after a grueling 6 hour days, a little chocolate, granola, or hemp seeds are a great addition.
I’m so excited and honored to have a piece of my past be part of my future. My Uncle Jamie and Aunt Lisa have created an incredible company and I’m extremely proud to be a part of it. Here’s to Groothie and now YOU being part of my journey.