Chris Glass’s fitness story starts in 2015 when he weighed in at just over 305 lbs. With a lot of work travel and back surgery, staying healthy was a challenge. That wasn’t okay with him. So we asked Chris to tell us the story of what changed—and, of course, how Hoist fits into it. Here’s what he said:

When I weighed in at 305 lbs, this whole journey began. I have kids. I want to be around for awhile.

My first step was to start working out—biking, mostly, because running wasn’t so great on my back. At about the same time, I started researching nutrition. I went vegan for three months, then switched to vegetarian. Over the next year or year and a half, I lost about 85 lbs.

That’s when I took my fitness to the next level. One of my friends did triathlons locally and invited me to join. To practice, I started running races, some 5Ks at first. I had to bring running and swimming into my normal biking routine, but in 2017, I finished my first triathlon.

When I participated in my second one, I actually earned a second place medal. I guess you could say I got kind of addicted after that, which meant the weight continued to drop. I got below 200 lbs for the first time in 5-6 years.

Problem was, my body was telling me in no uncertain terms that nutrition was important. Even with proper training, I’d find my energy totally depleted. So I started researching triathletes—what they did pre, post and during a race to stay strong. Working on nutrition and carbs definitely helped.

By now though, I also had friends who were doing Ironman competitions, so I decided to try upping the ante. It was a rude awakening to find out how grueling it was, but I kept at it and kept losing weight. Now I’m at 170.

My first 70.3 Ironman was supposed to be in Madison in June of this year (2018). Unfortunately, some bad storms came through. It was disappointing to get a DNF [did not finish], but this was also where I was introduced to hoist.

Before the storms rolled in, I was looking for a new drink—one that didn’t upset my stomach. So many drinks have a ton of sugar, which doesn’t work for me. I tried a sample of Hoist from the Ironman Village in Madison.

When I liked it, I started researching it more and found a nearby gas station where I could get it and try it out. It’s the firsthand results more than anything that kept me on Hoist—how I felt. When you say it’s an IV in a bottle, it really is. I discovered I needed to drink a lot less than other drinks, but stayed more hydrated. I started using it in 5Ks and 10Ks. It worked really well.

But Hoist really proved itself at my most recent race, a 70.3 Ironman in Muncie, Indiana. I finished, but I thought I was going to die a couple of times. After the swim and bike, I hit my run in 90-degree weather. Literally, my calves were burning coming off asphalt.

Worse, people were being plucked off one after another because they weren’t hydrated. Eight miles in, a guy passed out face first in asphalt. Two ambulances came to help and everyone running by him wondered if he was okay—and if we were next.

I attribute my living through that 70.3 to Hoist.

So what’s next for you?

Next up for me is training for 140.6 Ironman, and I don’t foresee stopping. I have a few competitions left this year including my first 50-mile run. The high of finishing, of crossing that finish line in a race, is in my DNA. I’m always trying to better my best, even in a 5K practice run.

Seeing real results excites me. I never had a goal weight but I knew 180 is average for my height. As I got into Ironman racing, I found out 160-170 is average for an Ironman. Now I hover right around 170.

So my goal is to get stronger. In Muncie, my legs were getting weak toward the end. Before, I did a lot of swimming, biking and running to train, but no specific weight training program. Now I’m following training programs for athletes and endurance. My goal is to compete in these races, not just finish. And it would be awesome to get to Kona.

Hopefully, that’s around the corner. I’m in it to win it.

We love following along with Chris at @glassgofast as he constantly pushes himself to the next level and are proud that Hoist can support him in that effort! We can’t wait to see him in Kona one day, competing in the World Championship. Until then, don’t miss his next race, which you can find in his bio.