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Meet the Coach

You will be surprised by who you inspire

I ran my first 5k in 2003 at the age of 34.  The following year I completed my first marathon.  The year after that I tried my first triathlon.

Since 2005, I have completed Ironman Coeur D’Alene (2009), Ironman Wisconsin (2010), five half iron distance races, and more than thirty sprint and Olympic distance races.  I am a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach and have worked with athletes all over the country.  I love not only the races, but the planning and training.

I come to coaching from a perspective different than a lot of coaches.  I am not a pro or elite amateur; although I have placed in the Clydesdale division of a few races.  I can remember what it is like to break 30 minutes in a 5k for the first time.  When I started racing I was 40 pounds overweight.  I learned (sometimes the hard way) that training requires a gradual progression.  There really aren’t any shortcuts.

My greatest multisport achievements haven’t been on the race course.  The greatest thing I’ve done in triathlon has been inspiring friends and family to get off the couch and change their lives.  While training for Ironman, I was shocked by some of the heartfelt comments I received from friends.   Some were inspired to try their first triathlon or marathon.  Others to make healthier choices.

You will be surprised by who you inspire.

I am married and have two active children.  We’ve used triathlon to promote a healthy lifestyle for our family.  My wife really enjoys biking.  Both of our kids have had fun entering kid’s triathlons or volunteering at races together.  They often ride their bikes or roller blade while I’m running.  Being a role model in making healthy lifestyle choices will have the greatest impact on the health of your family. 

Here’s an example of why I love triathlon and the multisport lifestyle.  This past season I was volunteering at a local sprint race; passing out the timing chips.  An athlete came running up to us in a panic.  She had forgotten her goggles.  I directed her to the announcer who asked for available spare goggles.  In less than 2 minutes, athletes supplied no less than 12 pairs of goggles.  That is the spirit of triathlon.

When I started my multisport journey in 2005, I couldn’t believe all the words of encouragement I got from other athletes as they went racing past me on the bike or run.  “Hang in there.” “Looking great!” “Almost there.”  I didn’t know these people and yet they were using the energy to encourage me.  There is a real spirit of “we’re all out here together challenging ourselves.”

The loudest cheers at a race are often heard for the final finisher.  At Ironman races many of the pros come back out as the midnight deadline nears to cheer on the last official finishers.  At Ironman Wisconsin 2010, it was an unbelievable party atmosphere as the clock hit 17:00 hours.