Why do you coach?
I love the look on an athlete’s face when they achieve a goal they’ve diligently been working towards. Even better is the look on their face when they achieve something they didn’t think possible. Every athlete has dreams of what they want to accomplish. Those dreams are great motivators for me.
What is your primary philosophy of coaching?
Efficiency and effectiveness. Most athletes have a certain amount of time they can train scattered in between life commitments. My job is to take each individual athlete’s available time and make the most efficient and effective use of it. To seamlessly make a quality, effective plan slide into the athlete’s life.
What do you look for in a client?
I look for self-starters. I AM NOT going to chase you to train. I will push you to better yourself. Someone willing to learn. Someone willing to take a realistic look at their limiters. Someone eager to work hard. Someone willing to openly communicate. Someone looking for a sense of team and to have a bit fun.
Why are you different than other coaches?
I am not the most naturally gifted endurance athlete. My genetics are more suited to power lifting than long course triathlon. Every accomplishment I have ever achieved in this sport has come from squeezing every ounce of speed out of what I have. All the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years is passed along to my athletes and utilized in building training plans. Also my athletes are family. I will not take on an athlete if I am not willing to bring them in to my family.
What is your favorite moment as an athlete?
The first day I raced in a Team USA kit. There is nothing more prestigious than being asked to represent your country in whatever discipline you choose.
What is your favorite moment as a coach?
Kind of a tie. The moment you see the lightbulb come on with an athlete. OR The moment you watch an athlete exceed the goals they had for themselves.
What’s your history in sport?
I played year round baseball through high school. After deciding not to pursue baseball in college I was adrift for much of my 20s and into my 30s. I took up power lifting at one point, but that was short lived. Eventually in my early 30s I took up triathlon on a dare and found a healthy outlet for an intense competitive drive.
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