|08/11/2018||USAT Age Group National Championships||111/2892|
|06/03/2018||Leon's Triathlon (USAT Mideast Regional Championship)||9th OA|
Bismarck, North Dakota
|Bucket List Race||The Wildflower Experience|
|Post-Race Drink||Recovery shake first then a great local beer|
|Off-Day Activity||Reading a book in a hammock or laying out on the beach|
I served in the US Navy for 10 years, 7 months performing duties as a junior officer aboard nuclear powered submarines in Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i. Around the age of 24, my interest in multi sport began. I had no athletic background but knew that I needed to find a life-long activity to stay healthy or I would end up like so many Americans and be unhealthy and overweight. I pursued this through the years as a leisurely activity and when I raced as an age group athlete, I would place mid-pack but didn’t worry too much about the results since I was just doing this for fun and to cross that finish line. However, within 2 years of starting this sport, I had completed all distances from sprint to a full Ironman in Wales. I ended up pulling back from the sport quite a bit from 2013-2015 because of my service in the submarine force. Following that period, I had more time to dedicate to triathlon and decided to hire a coach at the end of 2015 to see how much of an improvement I could make. Within 6 months of coaching and suffering a separated AC joint, I was able to qualify for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in my first attempt. After that, I was completely hooked on getting faster. I had the best race of my life at the World Championships that year with a time of 4:43:15. I was honorably discharged from service in March of 2017 and have been pursuing triathlon as a full time athlete since then. My goal now is to earn my elite license with USA Triathlon and race professionally.