I am a professional triathlete living and training in Rochester, NY. I grew up in the town of Lyndonville, NY and, after attending Roberts Wesleyan College from 2002-2005, I ended up settling down here. With the long, harsh winters we can have it isn't the ideal training location, but it is close to my family and I am happy to call Rochester my home.
I took to triathlon in 2010. After watching the NBC coverage of the Ironman World Championship I decided that Ironman was something I wanted to try to accomplish. My athletic background was soccer, playing in high school and college. The world of endurance sports was completely new and foreign to me.
My first attempt at triathlon was the 2010 edition of the Musselman half iron distance in Geneva, NY, which I finished in 7:00:08. I certainly didn't set any course records and I ended the day with a trip to the medical tent and several bags of IV fluid, but I was hooked. I knew that I could do better and I was determined to figure this sport out.
From that moment forward triathlon became my passion. I studied it, reading anything I could about training methods, nutrition, gear, and the history of the sport. I talked with people who had been doing the sport for years and listened to all the advice they offered. It fascinated me.
My new hobby was definitely a welcomed lifestyle change that has lead me to become a much healthier, happier person. Triathlon provides a sense of accomplishment and motivation every day. I am constantly trying to make improvements and end each day better than I was when I woke up that morning.
In 2012 I started to really become serious about triathlon and it was at that point that I decided I wanted to try to reach the next level. I had seen major improvements in 2011, going under 5 hours at Ironman 70.3 Providence and finishing my first Ironman in Cozumel, Mexico. After finishing sixth in my age group at Ironman 70.3 Mooseman in 2012 I set some goals for myself. My first goal was to earn a spot to the 70.3 World Championships. The second was to eventually become a professional triathlete. They were challenging goals, but they would provide focus and motivation for the upcoming years.
In 2013 I accomplished my first goal by winning my age group at Ironman 70.3 Florida. It was a breakthrough race for me and I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to go race the 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas that year. Then, in 2014, I reached my second goal by earning my pro card at Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico by finishing as the third overall amateur on a very hot and challenging course.
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