Name: William Bianco
Location: Long Island, NY
Fav. Sport: Triathlons and ultra marathons
Music: MGMT, Mellowhype, Kid Cudi, pretty much any hip hop or rock with a motivating or spiritual message.
Reading: Finding Ultra by Rich Roll, Ultramarathon Man by Dean
Karnazes, You are an Iron Man by Jacques Steinberg, Songs of a Seeker by Mala Iyer, Eat Like You Care by Gary Francione, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Watching: Durianrider on YouTube, It's Always Sunny in
Philadelphia, The Night Shift, Netflix Docs, Life is Beautiful.
Fav. Quote: “Imagine if you will being on your death bed – And standing around your bed – the ghosts of the ideas, the dreams, the abilities, the talents given to you by life. And that you for whatever reason, you never acted on those ideas, you never pursued that dream, you never used those talents, we never saw your leadership, you never used your voice, you never wrote that book. And there they are standing around your bed looking at you with large angry eyes saying we came to you, and only you could have given us life! Now we must die with you forever. The question is – if you die today what ideas, what dreams, what abilities, what talents, what gifts, would die with you? “- Les Brown "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish"- Steve Jobs
Athletic Acomplishments: Got bitten by the tri bug in June 2014.
Athletic Goals: One day be on the podium for every race I compete in. Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, Kona Ironman, 100 mile ultramarathon, 24 hour ultra marathon, triple deca triathlon, Mountain bike the Baja 1000, make it to the national finals on american ninja warrior.
Vegan Story: When I was born I contracted an infection that
put me in the intensive care unit for the first month of my life. While there, I went into cardiac arrest and died three separate times. I was named William because I had the will to survive. Flash forward 16 years, I weighed 248 lbs, had asthma, high blood pressure, suffered from depression and was constantly fatigued for no reason; I desperately needed to take control of my health. My girlfriend at the time and I got into calorie
restriction and "weight lifting". I managed to lose 40 lbs in unhealthy ways, I became orthorexic, the calorie restriction was so bad that I would go to bed hungry or force myself to exercise so I made my calorie requirements. I was thinner but still had my asthma, high blood pressure, depression and chronic fatigue. I floated around for a bit until January of 2014 when I was dared to race the local triathlon by my friend and accepted. I had no idea what I was doing whatsoever. I made all of the typical mistakes, running in a pair of vans, pushing the biggest gear I
could on my bike, improper nutrition, etc. like a new years resolution I quickly got bored of my goal and slacked off due to my chronic fatigue. I always was disgusted by large chunks of meat and ate a lot of chicken and eggs because I thought It was healthy. I got to a point where I got so sick of eating meat and watched forks over knives one might and was baffled that animals could be that detrimental to our health. I did my research and cut out the chicken, the fish, the dairy, and lastly eggs and before I knew it every aspect of life improved. After many failed attempts at junk food vegetarianism in middle/high school I couldn't believe that I actually went vegan, but what I could believe was that I no longer had asthma, no longer had high blood pressure, no longer was depressed, I had huge amounts of energy that I was able to put into training and at the end of the day, no lives were wasted to help fuel my body. With the help from the book no meat athlete and DurianRider on YouTube I learned that I needed good running shoes, I learned the proper running form, started pushing smaller gears at
higher rpm, and overall learned how to be athletic. June came along and I raced my first Triathlon, that day was one of the proudest moments in my life. From that point on I was hooked, I even got a job with the company that hosts all of the local triathlons just so I could be around it when I wasn't training or racing. As my vegan world grew I became enraged; I hated
the fact that these sentient beings were being tortured on a daily basis for the "benefit" of humans. I was angry that nobody else around me could see it, most importantly I was angry how I never seen it. I became confrontational and left others with my hate and not the truth about veganism and what these innocent beings face every day of their short lives. One day I met a man named Demosthenes Maratos (was interviewed in cowspiracy) and he turned me into the abolitionist approach to veganism.
The abolitionist approach is centered around nonviolent education and advocacy for complete veganism. I started reading work from Sarah Woodcock, Gary Francione and I became an ethical vegan. I want to advocate veganism so that others may be able to truly see the atrocities that these loving and compassionate beings are going trough and so that they may also see that this lifestyle is much healthier.