Weekend Warrior: Michael Deutsch ~ triathlete

Triathlete, 50, Managing Director at United Capital, Board Chair of Memphis Inner City Rugby

Bragging Rights: Coaching the Christian Brothers High School 1995 lacrosse team to a state championship. Almost 25 years later, those men are in leadership roles throughout Memphis alongside being great dads and husbands. The athletic challenges we faced prepared us the challenges life gave us.

Motivation: A few years ago, I trained for IRONMAN 70.3 Miami. It pushed me to my limits. Proving to myself I could finish it has carried over to other challenges and opportunities in my life. Since I create many of my own barriers, I have the ability to push through them.

I ❤ Tri’s: Everyone can ride a bike and even participate in triathlons. I love the fact that young and old, men and women, pros and first-timers are all out on the same course, facing the same challenges—all the while cheering and supporting each other.

Inspiration: My dad, Hank Deutsch, at 81, trains weekly at CrossFit Hit & Run, swims at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, and rides the Greenline. He’s truly an inspirational man. As you read this, he will be competing in the Senior Games in swimming in the 80-85 age group.

Passion: I am so proud of the 150+ student-athletes of Memphis Inner City Rugby. Serving on the Board of Directors has been life-changing. In just a few short years, our program has produced state champions and college scholarships. Soon Memphians will get to see a documentary on our girls’ program that was produced by Nike!

Next Challenge: The Great American River Run has been a family event for us. My Dad and I run it, and my oldest daughter McKinlee volunteers. The course is a lot of fun because it weaves through the city and waterfront. 

Must-Haves: I update my FELT mountain bike like I update my car. As I get older, I need all the help I can get with new technology. Victory Bicycle Studio is my go-to place.

Best Eats: My wife Ali and I love the bar in Acre. We get their Kim Chi fries and a burger. Chilled Old Dominick or Cathead vodka is a must.

Quote: “Mediocrity is boring and exhausting.”—Pascal Finette

INTERVIEW BY HAILEY THOMAS. PHOTO BY PHILIP MURPHY

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