Hi, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nick Pelletier. I am a business marketing graduate, endurance athlete & extreme adventurer living in Kelowna, BC, Canada.
I grew up in Calgary, AB, with my mother and father. My whole life I have been an athlete. Whether it was baseball, football, or skiing, growing up I was always competing in sports. After high school, I moved to Kelowna, BC to pursue a long standing goal of mine, to play baseball at the collegiate level. Unfortunately, a history of concussion forced me out of the higher impact sports I loved. After only one year of college baseball, I had to retire. As the desire to compete still burned within me, I had to embrace a new passion. I decided to go back to my roots as a kid of swimming, biking, & running and adopt triathlon as my focus. For two years (and presently) I trained with the Balance Point Racing team in Kelowna as I focused on my push for the Age Group World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2019. Following my competition, I had another goal I needed to achieve, which was following in my father’s footsteps by cycling across America, completely solo. My father did it directly before I was born in 1997 and I knew that I had to do that journey one day. To learn more about my cross America ride, click HERE.
Ever since I was young I have had a passion for helping people. The career path that I wanted to pursue was to be a rescue swimmer in the United States Coast Guard. Unfortunately, because I am a celiac, I am medically disqualified from contention of this prestigious career. Though I can not pursue the USCG, my goal of making a positive impact on people’s lives still burns within me. That is why my 50 day, 14 state, 5755km ride was done all the while raising $11,573 USD for a charity called Pencils of Promise. This trip was very rewarding to me. I created a raw, self filmed, short film about it, viewable on my YouTube Channel. After the ride, I knew that this kind of long distance, ultra adventure athleticism is my future, and I am going to pursue that path with all I’ve got.
I will not be someone who leaves this Earth with gas still in my tank and ideas floating around my head thinking; “I wonder if I could do that”, no. I am going to do it, right here, right now. And if I can’t, then at least I went down trying to do something that I validated as worth my life. Prolonged repetition is my self diagnosed prescription to treat my nagging symptoms of overthinking. I don’t necessarily enjoy doing these athletic endeavours in the moment, but I need to do them. The enjoyment comes from finding beauty in the most intense or darkest of places. If you can learn to accept and make peace with your current situation, you’ll gain the ability to identify comfort and gratitude in any scenario, good, or bad, throughout your life. My goal is to show people what is possible and emphasize that success and self accomplishment is not reserved for a select few, it is for anyone willing to work for it. If I can shift someone’s perspective 1% for what they believe is possible in their own life, then I will consider myself as having fulfilled my purpose.
“Comfort Breeds Complacency”