What is something most people don’t know, or would be surprised to learn, about you?
I lived in Hong Kong for 2 year.
What is an accomplishment that makes you proud?
Being an Ironman and a Dad, I like to call it being an IronDAD!
What motivates/inspires you?
I’m intrinsically motivated, setting a goal gets me going. I’m inspired by watching others achieve goals they thought we never possible.
What is your personal mantra?
“I can and I will. I am strong and determined.”
What person has most shaped your life, why?
My parents were good role models for me and I try to do the same for my kids.
Where are the best places to follow you online?
What is your favorite Amrita Bar?
What is your day job?
Health & Physical Education Teacher / Athletic Director
What is your location?
Are you plant-based, why or why not?
Yes, because it has improved all aspects of my health & fitness.
What sport do you compete in?
After a health scare, I decided to start running. Then I joined a charity long distance bike ride. Once I was doing those two sports, I thought if I added swimming in, I’d be able to compete in triathlons…I haven’t looked back!
Why did you continue with your sport?
It is so much fun! It also keeps me very active and I get to improve my skills in three sports at once!
How did you get into teaching/training others?
I’ve been teaching high school Health & Physical Education for almost 20 years and have been training clients for almost that long too. I got into it because of my love of sports and helping others!
What is your favorite workout, why?
I love a long run, it really gives me a chance to clear my mind and enjoy the outdoors.
What affect has Amrita had on your training?
Joining the Amrita team has been awesome. The community is great and the bars have truly made a big impact on my training. They taste great, digest easily and provide me with energy when I need it.
What is your favorite race, why?
So far my favourite race was Ironman Texas. It was my first at that distance and such a huge challenge for me!
What is your pre-race / warm-up routine?
Relax, mentally focus and visualize what I’m about to do.
What gets you most excited to compete?
Knowing that the training is “in the bank” and all the work has been done. The race is the time to enjoy the fruit of my labor!
What gives you an advantage over your competition?
I am strong and determined. I am very dedicated and strong willed.
What are some resources you use for information on training, diet, etc?
I live a plant-based lifestyle and love it! The Amrita cookbook is awesome! We make a lot of recipes at home that we post on our website. Brendan Brazier’s “Thrive” and his videos on ThriveForward.com are awesome resources for diet and training. I also get lots of help with my training from Brett at Zentriathlon.com
What are your goals for 2015?
To continue to improve my performance mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
What are the most important races you have scheduled for 2015?
– 50 mile trail run in May 2015
– UltraBaby in October 2015
Advice to others:
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given – and would be eager to pass along to others?
Anything is possible, you control what you can do. Everything in life is a choice – which you can make for yourself.
What tip(s) do you have for new athletes?
Find something you enjoy. If it’s fun for you, you’ll be likely to stick with it. Also, just get started…small steps create giant leaps!