WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN

I came to triathlon late in life, at age 40, with absolutely no athletic background. Instantly hooked, I became a student of the
sport, absorbing whatever information was available at the time and continue to stay up to date on the latest advances in
training, equipment, and education within the endurance sport world.  I led the run training program with a triathlon club that I
helped start in the Miami, FL, area in the mid '90s and soon graduated to helping members create structured training programs
based on my studies and personal experience. As the position of Triathlon Coach became a real thing, with certifications offered
by the National Governing Bodies and other organizations, I jumped in and began the formal education process to feed my
passion for the sport and helping others grow and reach for their goals. I have been actively racing triathlon for well over 25
years, earning podium positions and age group awards at every distance, and have been coaching athletes for nearly 20 years,
finally starting my company BreakawayMultisport in 2006. With nearly 200 triathlon finishes, including 10+ at the IRONMAN
distance, I feel that I have a wealth of knowledge to share with my clients, both in training for success and in the execution of
the plan out on the race course. I have guided first timers to results far exceeding their expectations and have taken
experienced triathletes to new levels of success. I am comfortable working with athletes of all ages, from teens to masters,
veterans and novices, and am equally comfortable with both male and female athletes.

I like to approach my coaching position as more than simply a taskmaster who writes a plan and expects the athlete to follow it. I
wear many hats in the process of reaching our mutually set goals. I am a time manager, a consultant, a guide, a cheerleader,
and a planner. As the season progresses, I work with the latest analytical tools to evaluate the athlete's successes and
challenges in completing the training and I am constantly amending and tweaking the schedule.  My feeling is that by
establishing incremental, realistic goals at the outset, focusing on those goals, and using them as yardsticks to measure our
progress along the way, we can achieve the successful completion of our journey, hopefully to set forth on yet another. I see
triathlon, and IRONMAN triathlon in particular, as a lifestyle rather than a one time event. Goal setting, fitness, achievement, and
discipline all play a big part in our success as a team and there is always something that can be done to improve the
outcome.....this time and next time.