Swim & Tri
When we first started planning our our Stafflete campaign, Andrew Bauer’s name just kept coming up. We’re all kind of in awe of Andrew - he’s a super talented athlete, and a genuinely nice guy to boot! He was a pro triathlete for a number of years, and still managed to work full-time as our senior nutrition, electronics, hiking footwear, triathlon, socks, and run hydration buyer here at the Basement (which is clearly a feat unto itself).
As he mentions in his video, he’s competed in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon a whopping 8 times, and he’s got a ton of other athletic accomplishments under his running belt, besides. What’s the lie, though? Sadly, he cannot juggle. Not even with mint-flavored CLIF bars.
Donna Troyna is kind of a superhero. She's been working for Sports Basement for almost 8 years, starting her career over at our Walnut Creek store and moving up in the ranks to become the manager of our Sunnyvale store's receiving department. She works hard, yeah, but trust us when we say that this woman runs hard, too. She's so humble and so sweet, but she racks up cred every time she laces up her Altras.
Need examples? Donna just completed her 122nd marathon (nope, no extra numbers there, that's really one hundred and twenty two) and she also recently completed her 31st Big Sur International Marathon. Beyond that, she's the only active female member of the Big Sur Grizzled Vets, and she's the only woman to have completed 31 of the Big Sur Marathons. She IS #fitnessgoals. And she's a dog lover, too! She shows and trains Basenjis (catch 'em in her video, they're far too cute for words, and so well-trained!) What's her lie? She's not into swimming. I mean, she can't be great at everything, after all.
Ian is completely amazing. He's the Marketing Director for the company, yeah, but he's so much more than that. He's Sports Basement main source of energy and enthusiasm. In fact, we're pretty sure he powers the entire Berkeley store with just the force of his personality. He runs most of our large-scale events, like packet pickups, film screenings and pro athlete panels, and seem to be friends with basically every mover and shaker in the industry. And he's a powerhouse outside of work as well!
Ian's motto is "I LIVE HARD" (yes, in all caps) and if you meet him, you'll believe it. When he's not at work, he's pushing his body as hard as he can. You'll find him running (trail & road), riding (mountain & road), swimming and dabbling in cross-fit. Only a guy as active as Ian can "dabble" in CrossFit. Outside of the Basement, he's got quite the adventuresome spirit and travels with his wife quite a bit. What’s Ian's lie? He's definitely not a hardcore vegan. In fact, he's kind of a carnivore.
Pete's a longtime staffer (he's been with the company for 12 years!) and is currently the resident master bike fitter at our Presidio store as well as our rentals logistics coordinator, though he might be better known around here as the BBQ guy. More importantly, he embodies everything Sports Basement stands for - he lives and breathes his sport, and uses his passion to make the world a better place.
With his Sports Basement cap on, he heads up the AIDS/LifeCycle Bike Tech Team every year. On his off time he's a member of the board of directors at Chooda, the organization that hosts Bike Zambia, a 325+ mile bike ride that raises funds to help stamp out AIDS. You can help support Pete's 2017 ride here. What’s Pete's lie? He was never Junior National Champ of anything (except our hearts).