David is an Ironman Champion, former Texas Longhorn swimmer standout, and dentist. His list of accomplishments includes:
- 2008 USA Triathlon Amateur of the Year
- 2x Ironman 70.3 Champion
- 3:48 Ironman 70.3 PR
- 4:20 Ironman PR
"I've known James for a long time and thought his idea for The Brick was an innovative way for swimmers of any variety to approach their training differently. I'm definitely excited to be part of this team, it's going to be a lot of fun!" said Kahn.
"Dave is a special breed of swimmer and when it comes to training, he's an animal. The guy knows what it takes to be great and many times in his career he's had to train alone. As I've said before, our ambassadors are truly our partners and Fike Swim is lucky to have an athlete of his mental and physical toughness guiding our brand and our products." said Fike Swim founder James Fike
Q&A with David Kahn
Q: Who is your coach and which team do you compete for?
A: "I'm training myself right now as I work training around my growing dental practice."
Q: What is your favorite event?
A: "Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant. It's a challenging course with an amazing atmosphere."
Q: How many yards per week did you train in prep for your Ironman wins?
A: "Due to my other commitments, namely dental school, I only swam about 15-20k per week in preparation for those races, which is less than the 30k a pro triathlete usually averages."
Q: What does an average set look like?
A: "After so many years of lap swimming I was a little burned out on it, so my triathlon training is a little different. There is no "typical" set but I like this one:
8x50 race take out speed @ 1:00
400 mid race pace then onto bike trainer for:
3 x (4 minutes in zone 3-4 (out of 5) and 4 minutes easy
10 minutes easy"
Q: What are your practice goals to help you reach your race goals?
A: "Go hard when I'm supposed to go hard and go easy when I'm supposed to go easy. It's sounds simplistic but all too often athletes will push themselves at the wrong time, like warm-up or drill work, when really they need to slow down, take their time, and feel their way through it."
Q: Favorite dryland exercise?
A: "Monster walks. You place a band around your ankles or above the knees and walk front-to-back or side-to-side. Great way to build hip strength, which is important for all three triathlon disciplines."
Q: Favorite post-workout meal?
A: "Steak and eggs!"
Q: How did you get into triathlons?
A: "As I said, I was burned out on swimming laps, but I had done it for so long and wasn't ready to give it up completely, especially the racing. In college I was a pretty quick runner during dryland workouts, so I decided to give triathlons a try."
Q: You're pretty famous for a particular impression, right?
A: "I do a pretty mean Grinch impersonation."