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Athlete Spotlight: Linds Panther

October 22, 2014 by

C/I’s TeamInteractive athletes are committed to using their athletic prowess to have a positive impact on the next generation of tech leaders.

2014 NYC Marathoner, Linds Panther, is raising money to help C/I students access computer science education. You can donate to his marathon campaign here: http://lpanther.com/marathon.html


Name: Linds Panther (probably the coolest name of all time!)

Occupation: Sales, Twitter Inc.

College: University of Colorado at Boulder

Hometown: Montrose, CO

Current City: Hoboken, NJ


Discovering C/I and running for Tech Education

Linds first discovered C/I while perusing the list of NYC Marathon charities on the New York Marathon site. From the moment Linds got serious about running three years ago, he set the goal for himself to run the NYC Marathon. Now that he lives and works in the NYC area, he decided 2014 was the year to check his NYC Marathon goal off of his race to-do list. The NYC Marathon is a high demand, world-renowned race that can often be difficult to gain entry to – unless you’re as smart as Linds and decide to run for a charity.

“I started my search for an organization I could run for that resonated closely with me, and after reading up on C/I, I quickly came to realize that it was a perfect fit. As someone who has been fortunate enough to be directly involved in the tech community for my entire professional career, I believe that tearing down any real and perceived barriers to entry is imperative to the sustainability and long-term growth of the industry.”

With Experience, Linds Trains Smart and Races Smarter!

In 2012, Linds ran the Boulder Marathon. He followed a traditional high mileage training plan the first time around. This experience reshaped his understanding of what it takes to perform at a high level in the marathon. Taking what he learned from the traditional approach, Linds has evolved his approach to incorporate more cross-training and strength training into his routine with the plan to run on fresh legs come race day.

“I feel that I can comfortably run a half marathon without much change to my training regiment, but the marathon distance still presents a whole other challenge and level of commitment. That’s the part I enjoy. I love the process of preparing for a marathon distance and the pay-off you get on race day.”

Overcoming Training Obstacles
 
Sometimes even the most elite runners will be sidelined with a cold. Seasoned runners will tell you that when you’re getting close to peak physical conditioning, your body is most at risk of catching something. It could be your body’s way of saying, “Hey! Slow down there, Champ! I need a little bit of recovery time!”

Linds was sidelined from running and all physical activity for a full week by a nasty cold! “The most difficult part of it is not knowing what effect the extended break is having on my training. Will I be able to pickup right where I left off, or will I have physically regressed?” After talking to Linds post-cold, he’s recovered 110% and is ready to give his all for C/I students on November 2nd at the NYC Marathon.

Linds is hooked on being involved with C/I! 

“I would like to become a regular contributor to C/I. I am not sure what that looks like yet, but I am totally open to offering up my time and resources to help the students.”

C/I knows what that looks like! On October 21st. Linds gave 15 C/I students the grand tour of Twitter NYC. Our students marveled at the office space and were inspired by a motivating panel of “Tweeps” who shared their experience in the tech industry. THANK YOU Linds for sharing twitter with C/I students and inspiring the next generation of tech leaders! Read about  our TwitterNYC adventures here: BETA Visits Twitter.

What is the best advice you can give to a C/I student about overcoming obstacles? 

“You will inevitably face setbacks and obstacles throughout your life. The better you are able to embrace those moments with humility and recognize the opportunities for growth that lay hidden in them, the happier and more successful you will be.”

Linds reminder to our students:   

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

– Napoleon Hill

Help Linds support C/I students and Diversity in Tech!

Donate to his 2014 NYC Marathon Campaign here: http://lpanther.com/marathon.html

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