Darrell Day would much rather have the wind in his face than another cyclist when he’s on his bicycle speeding through Bartholomew County.

“I really don’t like to draft behind someone,” said the former Ironman Triathlon competitor who once finished second overall in a California contest and 77th overall at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship. “I always want to be in front.”

Few can argue that Day, 48, lags behind in any element of exercise or fitness.

» Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine.

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It includes swimming, a rowing machine, biking and weightlifting.

» What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I started exercising in high school, and then a friend got me interested in triathlons.

» Why is it something you have stuck with?

I feel better when I work out regularly.

» How do you make time to work out?

By getting up early. When I used to train for triathlons, I would get up at 3:30 a.m. to swim.

» Have you lost weight or gained muscle mass through working out?

I usually stay at the same weight throughout the year.

About Darrell Day

Age: 48.

City: Columbus.

Occupation: Chiropractor at his own practice on 25th Street in Columbus.

Family: Wife Christine; daughter, Chloe, 14; and son Blake, 12, now working out alongside him many days.

Where you work out: Total Fitness, CrossFit Retaliation and cycling throughout the area.

Hours per week: 10 to 12.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.