Tyler , TX (KETK) — Clay Emge is usually seen working as an engineer at XTO Energy, but is known for competing in triathalons on the weekends.
The Tyler resident works out approximately 20 to 25 hours a week.
He trains morning, noon, and night. Yes, that includes a workout during his lunch break.
Recently all of his hard work paid off.
"My biggest goal is always to just do better," said Emge.
After taking first place in the Ironman Texas Championship, Emge qualified for the Ironman World Competition in Kona, Hawaii.
In which he took home first place in his age group for the amateurs.
"I really didn't expect to do that well so I guess I was ecstatic with the result," said Emge.
Emge also said its his support system that keeps him going including fellow competitor and friend Seth Cooke.
"I don't think I'd push myself as hard as I do without knowing they'd be there to cheer me on," said Emge.
Even after being named a true Ironman, how would he describe himself?
"Outside of working out, because I'm kind of identified by that... I don't know, kind of nerdy I guess."