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2021 Sur Pro: Michael Arishita

Michael Arishita coming out of the water at the Bear Lake Brawl Image by @higgybabyphotography

Name: Michael Arishita 

Sport: Triathlon

Location: Roaming the country in his Van, or Austin, TX

Michael has been a professional triathlete for 5 years. Michael’s focus is on the 2024 Paris Olympics but will also be doing some 70.3 distance and super sprint distance as well. Michael spends most of his training time based in his self converted, solar powered, Ford Transit van with his partner. Together they have traveled all over the country to desolate training sanctuaries.  

Michael graduated college with a pre med physiology degree but put it all on hold to pursue professional triathlon racing. Michael combined his personal experience racing professional triathlon and his educational background to build his own coaching squad. Mike Squad Coaching, has over 25 active athletes who together have multiple Kona Qualifications, Pro Card Qualifications, U23/Collegiate Nationals Podiums, and multiple 70.3/Ironman Finishes! Michael also coaches the Texas A&M Triathlon team. 

Top Achievements: 

  • Qualification into the Super League Triathlon Series
  • Top 10 in the PTO Bear Lake 70.3 on a road bike
  • 2nd at the USAT Super Sprint Series 2019

Favorite Quote: 

"Remember the Alamo" -Sam Houston

Favorite race experience:

USAT Collegiate Club Nationals 

Headshot of Michael Arishita Photo provided by Michael Arishita
Michael Arishita running in a Super League race Photo provided by Michael Arishita

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