Nicolas Lebrun is nicknamed "The Professor" and he figured out a way to win an XTERRA National Championship last weekend.
Lebrun is best known as a former XTERRA World Champion triathlete, and a two-time former winner of the XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon. Now he can add XTERRA Trail Run National age-group champ to his list.
After an eighth-place showing in the pro division of this year's XTERRA USA Championship triathlon on Saturday, he came back the next day to place 12th overall at the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship. It was also good enough for first place in the men's 40-44 division.
"I can't say that I expected this, I entered this with no expectations," said Lebrun, who is from Digne, France. "I knew I was not in top shape this year to win the triathlon, so I looked at this weekend as a training weekend and I decided to try the triathlon and the (21K) run."
Lebrun was not the only XTERRA pro triathlete to enter both the USA Championship triathlon and the Trail Run Nationals on back-to-back days. Andy Lee from Texas placed 36th overall in the triathlon and then 17th overall in the trail run. He also happens to be in the men's 40-44 division, and thus placed second to Lebrun.
Also of note, Tamara Tabeek from San Diego, California, placed first in the women's 50-54 division for the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship one day after placing second in the women's 50-54 division for the USA Championship triathlon. In 2012, she became the first competitor - male or female - to win XTERRA national titles in both the triathlon and trail run on back-to-back days.