Hi, my name is Carter Krueger. My passion for health began back in high school through the lens of athletics. I played multiple sports through my high school career, and never really wanted to focus on just one I loved the differences in all of the activities. Although I lettered in football, volleyball, and wrestling what I enjoyed most was not only the change of pace between the sports, but also the experience of shifting from the disciplined training to the playful experiences that each season provided.
When I got to college, I was still looking for opportunities to play and be physically active, so I joined the club wrestling team. Although it was a lot of fun, I wanted to give my brain a rest after receiving multiple concussions from football and wrestling in high school. My junior year of college, I was still looking for some athletic motivation, so I signed up for a half-Ironman triathlon. I had competed a sprint triathlon with a friend previously, but still was very much a beginner. I completed the race in Racine, Wisconsin with a smile on my face, but so much to learn.
When I returned to campus, I decided to join the University of Illinois Triathlon team. I trained and raced with this group for my last two years of college, and competed in the Collegiate National Championships twice.
I was training and racing with a competitive group at school and at home, and I never focused on my diet. My thought process was that if I was training 12-15 hours a week, then I could eat whatever I wanted. Much to my surprise, my triathlon times never got faster.
After graduating, I started my career as a high school math teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois. A normal day would start with a 30 minute drive to school where I would pick up a donut, bagel and cream cheese, and medium coffee with cream and sugar from Dunkin’ Donuts. At this particular store, when you ask for sugar they just pour, with no specific amount in mind. I would then eat lunch at school from our school’s salad bar, but I would load up on breaded chicken and sweetened dressings.
After school, I would go to wrestling practice where I would work hard for two to three hours. This hard work would leave me exhausted, but I still needed to train for triathlon. So, if I ever had a nighttime training session, I would pick up a small coffee on the way home.
During my first year of teaching, I decided to sign up for my first full length Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Kentucky. I hired a coach, and I thought I was ready. Since I was training hard every week, I continued to eat whatever I wanted. With all of the stress that is normal for a first-year teacher, and while trying to force myself to train at the end of the day, you can understand why my first Ironman experience was brutal.
After two years of teaching and training in Illinois, my then girlfriend said that she wanted to move to Boulder, so I joined her on this journey. In Colorado, I quickly learned that the local triathletes and other high-endurance competitors train and perform at a much higher level than I was used to, so I thought that I needed to find ways to get ahead. I started learning about biohacks, and tried many different supplements and little training tricks, but was still not fully aware of what I was eating.
I had read a lot about going vegan, so my girlfriend (who is now my wife) and I gave it a go. I lost a few pounds and felt like I was doing it right, but I realized after 6 months that being vegan was not for me. One amazing thing that a vegan diet taught me was to eat more vegetables, and that has stuck with me ever since.
I was still searching for a new diet and training plan that would fit into my busy lifestyle, when I discovered ketosis and minimalist training. I jumped in to both with renewed energy, and went through an entire training and racing years with this plan, with very little success.
This is when I found the Primal Blueprint! My entire focus has changed. I am no longer searching for a quick hack or supplement that might lower my triathlon times. Now, I am focused on all aspects of my life, and have realized that my desire to post faster triathlon times is not an end goal, but rather it is a hobby to help me enjoy a healthier, more fulfilling life.
I believe in eating whole foods whenever possible, and striving to find the highest qualities of food whenever possible.
I believe that training helps me become a more athletic and healthier person. I used to go hard in every workout, but now with my understanding of the importance of monitoring and changing heart rates over the course of my workouts, I take my easy workouts at a much more relaxed pace. I’ve added lifting back into my repertoire, because I want to stay strong and solid. Lastly, I move whenever possible. I love my morning movement routine, my midday walks, my standing desk, and my nighttime mobility sessions, I just love to move!
I still love to play and jump at any opportunity to play sports. Whether it be Friday morning basketball with my coworkers or Wednesday Volleyball with a group of teachers.