How I Came To BEE: The Tim Pulliam Transformation
Brockmiller Elite Endurance is home to a lot of athletes from a number of backgrounds. Some of us are former college athletes that just want to keep moving. Others are completely new to sports. Some of us have dabbled before, whether it was cycling or running to get in our spare time of just enough to keep up with our friends. We’re a hive of people, with a hive of stories to tell.
After our September power tests, we really want to share one with you. Five years ago, Tim Pulliam joined the Hive. He’d ridden before, but that was a wife, two kids, and starting a business ago; life and a number of injuries got in the way of cycling, and his health and fitness had moved from second to third to completely off the priority list.
That changed as his kids got older and more active. Wanting to keep up, and wanting to join our cycling community, Tim and a number of KEEN Technical Solution employees signed up for a training block. With their office just a short walk away, their 80 minutes of hard work became a part of the daily routine. Work, family, and health started to find a renewed sense of balance.
For Tim, it was more about getting back on the horse than starting from scratch. From skateboarding to BMX and to racing at the top level of downhill and dual slalom mountain biking, he’d been putting in miles and time in the saddle in some incredible ways. Racing thirty-plus downhill rigs all over the country, the bike-handling he’s famous for on our local singletrack was born on mountain descents and the pump track. The need for speed and the fearlessness it takes to excel in those sports have obviously been passed down to his son, Parker, who’s more than happy to spend a day at the bike park or practicing tricks in the driveway.
While his skills hardly needed sharpening, his fitness had fallen off a cliff. Long days of work, business trips, bad eating, and wining and dining clients increased his bottom line and his waistline along with it. When he walked in for class five years ago, he weighed 202 pounds. His first power test offered results that had him very disappointed. At that size, what he could produce wasn't much; with a calculated FTP of 178, he put out a Watts per kilogram ratio of just 1.9. That’s off most fitness charts, but very much in the wrong direction.
But fall happened, and then winter, and another block in the spring. He joined weight classes when possible, especially enjoying runs and circuit workouts at the Commons. He started to race, and he joined group rides. Off the bike, he started to make big changes. He ate better and drank less. Instead of partying with clients, he took them for bike rides. When he traveled for work, he made sure his bike was squeezed into the truck or van, and he knew exactly when and where he could make a pitstop, even when driving to Iowa, Missouri, or South Dakota.
And all those little changes added up. After two years, he was a rock solid Sport rider and could rail the groomed trails at the weekly Dirt Church session, a ride he and the Keen guys grew into a can’t-miss, year-round shred. In four years, Tim was lining up in the Elite class at some of the biggest mountain bike races in the state. This year, he is putting in more miles than ever and is in the best shape he’s ever experienced, even better than his twenty-something self two decades before.
Two weeks ago, Tim took his power test a neat five years from joining the Hive, and he’s a different person. Aside from a cheeky croissant now and again (okay, most days), he’s eating clean and easily keeping is weight right around 144. But he hasn’t held his power after losing over fifty pounds, he’s nearly doubled it. His calculated FTP was a whopping 319, giving him a W/kg of 4.9, an Elite-level mark that only a few other BEEs can match.
It’s been a long ride, but from where Pulliam was to where he is now is a matter of choice. You have to decide that your health matters, the community you belong to matters, and deciding that those things deserve a place in your life, every day.
Thanks to Tim for letting us share this story because it one that all BEEs, and all athletes, need to hear.