I became involved in triathlon very much through my loud mouth. My bluff was called by a friend while going on about how I could handle a sprint triathlon. At the time I didn’t own a bike, had never run more than a mile at a time, and hadn’t been in a pool even semi competitively since the age of 8. Four months later I was standing on a dock in Clear Lake, Texas, about to compete in my first race of any nature ever. It was a far cry from my former life as a power lifter, but I was hooked even before I entered the water. People who aren’t triathletes ask me all the time what it is that draws me to enter triathlons and more specifically iron distance triathlons and it comes down to one thing, competition. I love the competition with my peers, competition with the clock, and competition with myself.
I had never put much thought into coaching or even mentoring but a few years into my involvement in the sport a friend asked me to help put together a training plan so that he too could make the jump from short to long course triathlon. A funny thing happened over the course of those 20 weeks, I found I got as much reward out of helping others realize a goal and strive beyond what they thought possible as I did reaching the finish line of an Ironman. Go figure. Since that time I’ve coached several athletes through a wide array of experiences. I’ve helped new triathletes through their first sprint experiences, to first time long course athletes, to Marines looking for help with making it into the Special Forces.
Biggest Triathlon Accomplishment: Turning over control of my training to my coach. I am a very stereotypical Type A triathlete. It wasn’t until I was on the verge of injuring myself from overuse that it hit me that I needed an objective party to control my training.
Biggest Coaching Accomplishment: Helping various age groupers of various abilities and various backgrounds reach their potential on race day. I know, I know a bit vague and cliché, but true. What I know as both father and an athlete is that age groupers’ goals are real and attainable, but that often life gets in the way. Kids, spouses, jobs all make training schedules fluid. My job is getting the athlete to the starting line with the ability to reach their goal while making all the training that go into it the “easy” part from a stress perspective. There is enough stressors in the average age groupers life without having to stress about a rigid training schedule.
Previous Athletic Results and Highlights:
5/18/2013- Ironman Texas- 12:39:15
4/7/2013- Texas 70.3- 5:18:39
11/4/2012- Oil Man Texas Triathlon (70.3)- 5:36:12
04/29/2012- Memorial Hermann Kemah Triathlon- 2:39:46
10/23/2011- Ironman 70.3 Austin- 6:10:58