Cookie Consent

By clicking “Accept”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts. View our Privacy Policy for more information.

How triathlon helped Mark Turnipseed get sober and come out

Kim Gesell

Mark A. Turnipseed was an addict who was living a lie: he was married to a woman but knew deep down he was gay, using drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of not being able to be his true self. He stumbled into triathlon, and the process of training for his first IRONMAN allowed Mark to commit to getting sober once and for all, and for finally coming out as a gay man. He's now proudly living the life he knew he was born to live.  

Written on:


Table of contents

Get a free training plan
Kim Gesell
Kim Gesell

Kim Gesell is the Director of MOTTIVator Happiness at MOTTIV. While her nickname is jokingly No Triathlon Kim (NTK), Kim has been around endurance sports for well over a decade and understand the unique needs of age group athletes.

With Mottiv, you're ready

The only app with personalized training plans designed specifically for real people who want to accomplish something amazing in endurance sports.

Try free now

Train for FREE, $0/month.

No items found.