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Real Gauchos


REAL GAUCHOS. 50 1-hr interviews with people who've done cool stuff. Hosted by Paul Rivas on KCSB 91.9 FM in 2011-13. Free on realgauchos.com + iTunes Podcasts.

Jul 25, 2013

Paul Rivas interviews Todd Tressler LIVE on growing up on a Santa Barbara mountainside, joining a women's track club in fourth grade to get faster for soccer, playing every sport as a kid, his late father's rivalry with Dave Thoreson, starting at quarterback for San Marcos High School JV Football before quitting to run cross country as a junior, how low mileage in high school got him fast and kept him injury-free throughout his career, the great high school track coach Chris Schultz, being recruited by bigtime track schools, life as a student-athlete at Villanova University, running for Arkansas as an economics graduate student, his 100-mile week, being named All-American and winning two national championships at Arkansas, legendary coach John McDonnell and his 42 NCAA championships, how non-running health issues kept him out of the Olympic Trials, failing as a professional runner, his first job after college tasting Balance Bars, his current job as the comptroller for Elite Performance and Rehabilitation Center, and returning to San Marcos to coach distance runners in an era where Cross Country is a lot cooler than it used to be.