July AOM – Tom Fihe

This was another easy choice. This person has worked like crazy since the day he walked in the door and has done it with a positive attitude and awesomely dry sense of humor.

He usually trains in the evenings so he flies under the radar. This is also why you didn’t know you were working out with a professional musician.

Meet Tom Fihe, the July 2016 TrAk Athletics Athlete of the Month.

What have you accomplished in your life that you’re most proud of?

Well, Kristi (my wife if you haven’t met her) would probably smack me if I didn’t say, “found the love of my life and married her,” so there is that. 😉 But beyond that, I would have to say gaining a better perspective on my own life and culture in general, as well as making connections and understanding different viewpoints through my travels both within this country and overseas.

If you could take 3 months off and do whatever you wanted, what would that time look like?

See next question …

If you were in a band, what existing band/group do you see yourself in?

Funny you ask. As some of you know, I AM in a band. We are an instrumental rock band called If These Trees Could Talk. And if you didn’t know please check us out on Facebook or online, or just Google the name. I play bass, design and sell merch, drive the van, and lug the heavy gear around (part of why I’m at Trak). We are going on a US tour in September, but if I had three months off to do whatever I could, I’d spend most of it on tour with my bandmates. I’d love to go back to Europe and play all the places we didn’t get to last time (2012) and maybe throw in some shows in Japan, Australia, and South America. Wait, that sounds more like two years off … don’t worry Kristi, I’d save a week or two to spend with you in Aruba! 
(Editors Note: You can also find them on Spotify. Tom is super modest about it. They’re a big deal.)

Favorite place to travel to?

I love the mountains and parks. I’d say Yosemite and Kings Canyon/Sequoia are two of my favorite spots thus far.

What do your pets remind you that it’s OK to do?

I have a cat and he recommends sleeping all day. So I guess the takeaway is to remember to rest and relax.

What personal failure has helped lead to your ultimate success?

Normally I’m a pretty punctual guy but I’ve had a few pretty disappointing mistakes that I’ve made in which I learned from and gained a respect for the importance of being where you say you will be when you say you’ll be there.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen in the gym?

All those awesome people that showed up for the Murph! That was a great fundraiser and community event!

What three people [living or dead] would you go camping with next weekend?

Jim Morrison and Terence McKenna for the entertainment and Les Stroud to make sure we don’t die out there.

Which sport/activity would you love to do, but are afraid to?

Wingsuit flying

Favorite movie?

The Karate Kid (1984)

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t eat the yellow snow.

At what age were you in the best shape of your life?

Not to sound like a Bowflex commercial, but I’m 33 years old and in the best shape of my life.

Goals … personal, professional, family?

  • Personal: Continue to learn/practice a healthier lifestyle.
  • Professional: Strive to be a better musician and push to reach higher goals within the music industry. Outside of music, I’d really like to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
  • Family: I want to be the best husband (and hopefully father) I can. In the end, everything else I listed above is to provide the best life I can for my family.

Words to live by or favorite quote?

“Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves” – Bill Hicks. “

For long you live and high you fly. 
And smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry. 
And all you touch and all you see. 
Is all your life will ever be.” – Breathe, Pink Floyd

What adventure to plan do you have in the future?

I’ll say becoming a father would be a great adventure. I’m not sure if there is really any way to plan for that!

 Other than that, I’d love to do some mountaineering. Nothing too crazy like Mt. Everest, but something where I at least get to put on some crampons and use an ice ax/piolet.

Favorite book and why?

“Island” by Aldous Huxley. It is a constant reminder to “Be here now”

Something interesting we don’t know about you?

My mother’s side of my family is Czech and I got to go to Prague with my band back in 2012. It was pretty neat and I’d love to go back on a personal vacation to explore more and visit my grandparents, cousins and their families.

What do you like most about being a part of the TrAk Family?

It’s been a great support system and source of knowledge on how to workout safely and live a healthy lifestyle.

Biggest accomplishment at the gym?

My biggest accomplishment is probably just that I’ve been able to stay committed to going as much as I can every week since I started and because of that I see a noticeable difference in my strength and overall fitness level. Thanks, coaches!