Jim Lubinski – Professional Triathlete
Jim Lubinski has always led an athletic lifestyle, playing a wide range of sports, including: ice hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball, and running track. He grew up in Niles, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. Jim attended Fairfield University on a hockey scholarship and graduated with a Political Science major and Business Management and Communications minor. Currently, Jim is a professional triathlete dedicated to racing, winning and living life to the fullest.
Ice Hockey Career
The Freshman Years
Jim always excelled at ice hockey. He played on the club team throughout his high school and post graduation career, and went on to play Junior A ice hockey in Bismarck, N.D. He was noted as being “a scrappy player who could grind it out in the corners, drop the gloves, and put points on the board.”
Jim was the team captain and a fan favorite in Bismarck. He made a name for himself through his hard work, intense training, and dedication to the team. This earned him a scholarship to Fairfield University in Fairfield, Ct., to play Division I ice hockey. While at Fairfield, Jim continued his extreme training regiment with consistent practice both on and off the ice. At 6’2, 210-pounds, he was a power forward who “got the job done.” In addition, he ranked at the top of the team in penalty minutes and points. After college, Jim went on to play professional ice hockey.
Professional Hockey Player
He started his career with the Greenville Growl of the ECHL in Greenville, S.C., and was quickly moved to the Ft. Worth – Brahmas of the CHL in Ft. Worth, Texas. He stayed in Ft. Worth for half a season, until he was traded to the Winston-Salem T-Birds in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Jim played the rest of the season in Winston-Salem, once again becoming a fan favorite with his hard-nosed plays. He finished the season ranking at the top of the team in both penalty minutes and points. After a season as a pro hockey player, Jim decided to hang up his skates.
Inkling to Run
In the seventh grade, Jim won the state championship in the mile race with a time of 4:59. In 2005 he moved to Los Angeles, Calif. to start his professional athletic career. Knowing he had always excelled at running and biking, he wanted to restart his training and took up the sport of triathlon.
In his first season as a triathlete, in 2005, he raced five times with average finishes. In 2006, he started his second season and raced a few more times with average results. The following year, Jim took off to enjoy L.A., but he knew he was capable of more and in 2008 he got back into a basic triathlon training regiment. He competed in the Ironman Arizona in November, and with minimal training, he finished the race in 10 hours and 1 minute.
The IM Arizona was an eye opener for Jim. At 30 years old, in the prime of his athletic career, he knew he could achieve more if he put his mind to it. So in 2009, he started to train as intensely as he did when he was a Division I pro hockey player. Making every workout hurt, his mantra became: “If it doesn’t hurt, you’re just wasting time.”
Drawing upon his experience with training during his hockey career, Jim began to push his body to the limits, working out four hours a day, all while maintaining a full time job. Following six months of intense training, he racked up five age group wins in six races with two overall wins, including an overall amateur win at the very prestigious Vineman 70.3, earning him his qualification to become a professional triathlete. Jim has a very promising, bright future in the sport. He is dedicated, strong, and will not accept failure.
“I know it will be a long, hard road to become the best, but I’m determined to get there,” Jim Lubinski