What is something most people don’t know, or would be surprised to learn, about you?
I was diagnosed with ADHD in high school, through a plant based diet and exercise I’ve learned how to manage my disorder. Exercise has been the one constant that helps me in every area of my life.
What is an accomplishment that makes you proud?
Being the father of two wonderful little girls makes me extremely proud. A personal accomplishment that brings about feelings of pride would be completing an Ironman Triathlon and all of the training that precedes the event.
What motivates/inspires you?
I am motivated daily by my family and wanting to be a positive role model for my children. I draw inspiration from people around me who are accomplishing amazing things even though they are faced with tremendous adversity.
What is your personal mantra?
I have two mantras that I keep in mind throughout my daily routine and whenever I’m faced with a difficult situation. The first is simply the acronym “PMA” (positive mental attitude). I use this when I’m facing stressful moments and times in my life and it helps to keep me grounded. The second is what I use when I need a bit of motivation which is, “If not you then who?” Which it translates into the simple fact that if I’m not going to do it then no one else is going to do it for me.
What person has most shaped your life, why?
By far, my mother has been the greatest factor in making me into the person I am today. She single-handedly raised 4 children and through her actions demonstrated how to be a hard working person with strong character; someone who strives to be the best person possible.
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What is your day job?
Elementary/Middle School Health & Physical Education Teacher.
Where are you located?
Are you plant-based, why or why not?
I went plant based initially to train for an Ironman. I’ve remained plant powered because it allows me to feel great everyday as a father, husband and as an athlete. The physical benefits that I’ve gained have been astounding and it’s allowed me to live a life that is more complete and focused.
What sport do you compete in?
Triathlon & Ultra Marathon
How did you get started in your sport?
I started racing in triathlon as a challenge with a friend and partly because I simply wanted to see if I could complete one. I now run ultra’s to push my physical and mental boundaries and to help me remain present.
Why did you continue with your sport?
I continued with the sport because it helps me to stay focused in life, it remains as a challenge to see how far I can push myself and it makes me feel alive. I love the alone time I get when training and competing. It allows me to find a deeper, better version of myself.
How did you get into teaching/training others?
I got into training others through numerous people asking for advice about nutritional plans and specific training for various events. I love being able to help others better themselves while having the opportunity to share my knowledge.
What is your favorite workout, why?
My favorite workout is an early morning open water swim. The peacefulness and vastness of the water makes me feel alive.
What affect has Amrita had on your training?
I first starting using Amrita while I was training for my initial Ironman. It was the nutritional key for sustained and BALANCED energy. It was also something that I could consume all day without getting tired of eating.
What is your favorite race, why?
My favorite race is the Double Musselman in Geneva, NY. They host a sprint race Saturday and a 1/2 IM Sunday. The race is well directed and is very family oriented. The course is challenging and scenic and the race itself is the epitome of what triathlon is.
What is your pre-race / warm-up routine?
I try to not be late and miss the swim! Once I’ve made it on time I do try to find a quiet spot away from the masses to focus on the day and to be thankful that I can be there and compete.
What gets you most excited to compete?
The pure challenge of pushing myself as far and as fast as possible. Every race has its own obstacles so I strive to push past those and enjoy the day.
What gives you an advantage over your competition?
My three girls in my life. Whenever I’m feeling low in a race I think back to my wife and children and how much they sacrifice for me to train and compete and that inspires me to push harder.
What are some resources you use for information on training, diet, etc?
I don’t go online for information. I go straight to fellow triathletes & runners who are experienced. I ask a lot of questions, listen to everyone and then figure out what works best for me. The key is learning to listen to your body and knowing yourself.
What are your goals for 2015?
I’m looking to do another 1/2 IM and complete my first 100 mile ultra marathon.
What are the most important races you have scheduled for 2015?
Musselman Triathlon – July 12th
My wife will be competing in her first 1/2 IM and I’m looking forward to cheering her on.
Advice to Others:
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given – and would be eager to pass along to others?
Ask a lot of questions, listen to everyone and then most importantly listen to your body. Your body will tell you all that you need to know if you listen.
What tip(s) do you have for new athletes?
Stay focused on the moment, the workout and the race at hand. Don’t look too far ahead and plan for things that haven’t happened. When things look down and difficult remember why your doing it and keep a positive mental attitude.