Public Jobs - Hidden Talents: Jeff Fleig
At the office, he's known as "Mr. Fleig." "My name is Jeff Fleig, I'm Associate Principal at Central High School"
In his 13 years as an area educator, Mr. Fleig has walked countless miles up and down the halls of the schools he worked at, "You just go, you just go." But that's nothing compared to the miles he's racked up outside of his day job. "I was a cross country and track runner in high school, ran track and cross country in college at La Crosse." But a few years back when Jeff got bored with simply running, he threw biking and swimming into the mix and a triathlete he became. "I work out twice a day. Usually the alarm goes off at 4 am and then off to the pool or out for a run. And then it's off to work for a busy, exciting day. I look forward to getting home at night and getting out for a 30 to 60 workout. And it's not uncommon for me to do 4, 5, 6 hours on Saturday and Sundays. The weekends are where I get some work in."
For those of you not familiar with triathlons, there are several different levels. Short distances, which are still very tough for most. "I use those more for workouts and to test my fitness level a bit." Then there's an intermediate course and the mother of them all - the Ironman. It's a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run."
Jeff's done them all and won many, but it didn't start out that way. "I wasn't very good. I put in a good 3-4 years before I really started having some success and start winning some races. Triathlon is kind of an interesting sport. It's kind of a journey. There's ups, there's downs. The cool thing about this is I have no one to blame but myself. Never really enjoyed team sports because I did not like having to rely on someone else for whether or not I won or lost. The exciting thing is never being satisfied, you gotta keep working hard."
Whether school or sport, working hard is all mr. Fleig knows how to do. Seems that's the sign of an Ironman indeed.