US Military Endurance Sports

Davis Frease // Triathlon

Motto:  “Work hard, work quietly, and do something every day to become a better person and athlete.”

Davis Frease’s stellar 2017 triathlon season included a 25-29 age group win at IRONMAN 70.3 Texas, and 2nd place at the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Superfrog. But the active-duty Navy officer and future military primary care physician was not always a lean, mean, triathlon racing machine. Davis logged a couple years of youth swim team, ran cross country, and played baseball in high school and for two years at Augustana College. But after hanging up his cleats, Davis was horrified to find that “220 pounds of muscle turned into 220 pounds of flab.” He started running every night and began road racing a couple months later, rediscovering a passion for competition that he had missed since being on the baseball diamond. Davis’ father is a strong competitor in the Colorado triathlon community, so in the summer of 2013 Davis borrowed his dad’s 15-year-old “rain” bike and began racing short course triathlon. Whether he was winning small races or being beaten at big ones, Davis discovered he loved every minute of every race. “Since then, I’ve been working hard to see what I can get out of myself as an athlete and what is possible in the sport,” Davis says. In 2018 Davis will be dividing his time between his medical residency and a focus on IRONMAN 70.3 events.