I began running 25 years ago prior to joining the US Army and have not stopped since. In 1997, while running on the beach in Melbourne, FL I injured my knee and had to undergo microfracture knee surgery. The orthopedic surgeon advised me that it was in my best interest to give up running. I tried other sports, like softball and volleyball but those just didn’t fill the void left from running. Against my Dr.’s advice I began running again a few years later. Due to the stress on the knee I could only run every other day. It took several years of slow progress to get back to full strength. I started participating in races about 6 years ago after my wife finished her first half marathon. She talked me into signing up for the Huntsville Sprint Triathlon. Half way thru the first lap of the swim I had to stop along the wall to catch my breath. I then had to stop at the end of each lap - it took me almost 15 minutes to complete the 400 meters. I absolutely hated it! Triathlon was too intense for me, so I went back to running. Over the next couple years I completed Rocket City Marathon twice and a couple of half marathons. Running was going fine but I needed a new challenge. As luck would have it, I was talked into signing up for TRI201 through Fleet Feet Huntsville. I was very apprehensive at first but I stuck with the training and began to enjoy the process and the races. I have been racing triathlons for four years now and have steadily improved.
Short Term Goals
I have been dealing with more niggles more this year that any other so my short term goal is to get 100% healthy.
Long Term Goals
Compete for top 3 Age Group podium at Rocketman Triathlon in late August.
Huntsville Sprint Triathlon 3rd in Age Group 51:23
Wet Dog Tri 2014 2nd Age Group 55:14
Frantic Frog Triathlon 2013 4th in Age Group 1:.14:15
Heel and Crank Duathlon 2013 5th in Age Group 1:26:03
Mountain Lakes Triathlon 2013 6th in Age Group 1:19:12
Rocketman Olympic 2014 3rd in Age Group 2:28:46
Renaissance Man Olympic 2014 2:31:01
Lake Guntersville Olympic 2015 2nd in Age Group 2:45:57