Years in Triathlons: 4 Years
Employment: Since 2004, I have worked as a cardiac/telemetry Registered Nurse at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Family Life: I have a beautiful & Wonderful bride named Melody. We have an adventurous, will try anything, 3 year old son named MD (Matthew Daniel). We are surrounded by our families locally except for my dad who lives in Thailand, & brother-n-law’s family in Washington.
My hero: Jesus Christ. “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, & the failing which easily ensnares us, & let us run with endurance the race that is set before us...” (Hebrews 12:1) Jesus never gave in, never gave up, always endured, & finished the race with victory.
Athletic Background: Soccer, volleyball & ice/rollerblade hockey. Played NCAA College tennis. . Rock climber since 1994. Backpacker/cross country skier. Handbell ringer (Bass bells weight 10-12lbs) for 6 years touring Camp Pendleton Marine Base & Soledad, Tracy, & San Quinton State Prisons.
My favorite race & why: I love race the Carpinteria Triathlon. Well put together. Love the local & family feel. Beautiful course whether Sprint or Olympic distances. It is fun & a great way to meet other people.
My worse race & why: The Admiral’s Cup Triathlon NBVC Point Mugu 2009. The night before I stayed with Lt. Spencer & his wife on base, their beagle opened my duffle bag & pulled out all my food for the race (including Tupperware containers) & went out the doggy door & ate my food, leaving 1 GU gel behind with teeth marks. Then in the race, my timing chip fell off during the bike leg. Then a volunteered who stood in the middle of the run course, yelled at me to go left & not right which then put me at the finish line 1 lap too early. Ran through the spectators & finished the last lap 20 seconds faster than the first. What a race to remember! By the way, the beagle had diarrhea for days.
This year’s goals: Compete in 5 triathlons (2 Olympic and 3 Sprint) & place well. Finish under 26 minutes in the TT series put on by Echelon.
In 5 years I hope to train alongside my son as we both compete in triathlons together. That would be so COOL! Accomplish one ½ or full marathon or a Half Ironman. Oh, have another kid & maybe a pet.
Something most people do not know about me: Repelled with a climbing harness out of the ceiling of Trinity Baptist Church with a cowboy tux on with Mission Impossible music in my wedding.