WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN
I came to triathlon late in life, approaching 40, with absolutely no athletic background to speak of. Since struggling through that
first sprint distance race, I set out to learn and improve, and I continue to stay up to date on the constant advances in training,
equipment, and education within the endurance sport world. I led the run training program with a triathlon club that I helped
form 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 various National Governing Bodies throughout the world began developing and
offering Triathlon Coaching Programs and Certifications in the late 90s, I jumped in and began the formal education process to
feed my passion for the sport and help others grow and reach for their goals.
I have been actively racing triathlon for nearly 30 years, earning podium positions and age group awards at every distance, and
have been coaching athletes for nearly 20 years, finally starting my own company BreakawayMultisport in 2006 shortly after our
relocation from Miami to the Boulder, Colorado area. With over 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 the training and in the execution of the plan out on the
race course, and most important, maintaining a healthy balance with life, family, and career. 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, 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 then sits back, expecting the
athlete to follow it. I wear many hats in the process of reaching for 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.