Eatons say they're adjusting to life without track and field at TrackTown Tuesday

EUGENE, Ore. – The track and field community turned out to honor two of its brightest stars at the TrackTown Tuesday presentation.

Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton and Olympic bronze medalist Brianne Theisen Eaton retired after the Rio games.

Tuesday, the two explained what they’re planning to do with their lives now that they aren’t competing.

“Things are ending and you just realize how much support you've had and how many people care,” Theisen Eaton said.

The two say they reached the pinnacle of their careers in track and field this summer when Eaton took home the gold for the second time in the decathlon in Rio and Theisen Eaton took home the bronze in the heptathlon.

They say it’s been difficult to get out of the mindset of being a full-time athlete.

“The first couple of weeks I was thinking, ‘I've got to go to bed. It's 9:30.’ And now I think 11, 12, 1, whatever,” Eaton said.

They may not be crossing the finish line at Hayward anymore, but they’re in the starting blocks of more adventures.

Theisen Eaton spoke about getting involved in nutrition and healthy eating. Eaton said he’s interested in everything from education to making a fantasy track app.

“We had done everything we could in the sport and we’re thinking what else can we do outside of it? Maybe it's the nature of what we did in track, multiple events, always having other things going on,” Eaton said.

The Eatons say they love the west coast and plan to stay in Eugene for at least the next six to eight months.

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