Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Getting Started

I am pretty new to this whole website idea, but many aspiring professional athletes have a website, so I wanted to start one. My background in the sport of triathlon started when i was four years old as a young swimmer. I kept swimming year round until my junior year of high school. I had earned three all state swimming accolades with pr's of 4:16 400 IM, 4:52 500 free, 1:59 200 back, 2:11 200 breaststroke. I started running cross country my junior year in high school, and fell in love with it. In 2009, I accepted a scholarship to run for the University of Delaware. During two years at UD, I lowered PR's to 14:48 5k, 9:18 steeple, 25:01 for 8k XC, and 31:51 for a 10k XC.  Sadly, during my sophomore year, the University dropped the men's running programs. At this point in my life, I was faced with a huge decision; either transfer to keep running, or pursue the idea that has always been in the back of my head (turning pro in triathlon). I chose triathlon, and have not looked back.

Since my decision, I have been invited to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in July with the USAT collegiate recruitment program headed by 2004 Olympian, Barb Lindquist. In the beginning of the summer, I won my first triathlon, the 2011 lavaman sprint triathlon in Lavalette, NJ. Up next was PhillyTri, a huge international distance race. I placed 10th in the elite amateur division without a time trial bike.  After this last race, I have ramped up my training during the month of July (with the help of the camp in Colorado), and also purchased, with the partnership of Middletown Bike Line, a Trek speed concept 9.5. Also, XTERRA wetsuits have given me a pro deal for a velocity x2 wetsuit.
The rest of the summer racing will be:
The mid atlantic sprint championship in Quakertown, PA on August 7th.
Age group nationals, Burlington, VT August 20th (day after my birthday)
Elite Development race in Buffalo, NY September 25th.
Elite Development race in Myrtle Beach, SC October 9th.

I will try my best to update this site with training, racing, and sponsor information!

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