I grew up in Richmond, Virginia playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. In middle school, I decided I would run track in order to stay in shape for soccer. Immediatey I saw success as a runner. I decided in high school to commit to running for all three sports seasons.That led me to running for The College of William and Mary in 2000, where I continued to improve, and in 2005 I was the Colonial Athletic Association 3000m Steeplechase Champion.
Once my college career ended, I still felt compelled to race competitvely. I briefly entertained the idea of racing marathons, but after purchasing a road bike for cross training, I fell in love with cycling and my interest shifted towards competing in multisport events. It took me a couple years to learn how to swim well enough to be competitve, but after yards and yards of hard work, I reached a level of proficiency where I could use my bike and run to start winning races.
I use the opportunity of racing professionally to maximize my athletic potential against the best triathletes in the world. In my first three years, I have placed in the top 10 in every professional race. The goal for 2016 is to continue my improvements and start finding top-5 places instead!
Date of Birth/Location: April 24, 1982 in Richmond, VA
Years Racing: 13th year in triathlon, 23rd year running
Strengths on the course: Run
Goals for 2017: Earn an IM distance personal record (hopefully under 8:20), be in contention for a top 5 place in all races, break the tape at least a couple times,
Nickname: Iron Penguin
Family Status: Tori (wife), Cassidy Claire (daughter), Bentley (K-9 extraordinaire)
Favorite Races: Patriot Half, Luray Triathlon Festival
Favorite Race Moment: On two separate occasions, I ran into a guardian angel on the run (once at the 2012 IM Kona and once at Challenge New Albany). Both times I was visibly suffering from some cramping, and both times a fellow competitor was gracious enough to offer me some salt tablets to help. I only hope I can be in the position one day to help someone to pay it forward.
Favorite Pre-Race Meal: Oatmeal and First Endurance Ultragen
Favorite Post-Race Food: Burger and a heaping mound of French fries
Favorite thing when not swimming, biking, or running: Playing with Cassidy, coaching the Otstot's Hotshots
Job: Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools Health, Physical Education, and Athletics Coordinator
Favorite Snapple Product: Lemonade
Favorite Food: Apples and peanut butter
Favorite Workout: Long run with marathon race pace work
Mantra for 2017: Make it Happen