|09/19/2021||Carlyle Lake Half Ironman Triathlon||20th OA, 2nd AG|
Oldham County Sprint Tri
|10th OA, 2nd AG|
|05/01/2021||IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship St. George||6:20|
Crestwood, Kentucky | y-rocket.blogspot.com
|Primary Discipline(s)||Triathlon, Off Road Triathlon, Road Cycling / Criterium, Mountain Biking, Open Water Swimming, Trail Running, Climbing|
|Bucket List Race||The next race! But - to race in each triathlon distance world championship along with Challenge Roth|
|Post-Race Drink||Old Rasputin Imperial Stout|
|Off-Day Activity||Time with family, hiking, climbing, astronomy.|
I am 35 years old and live in La Grange outside Louisville (pronounced ‘Luhl’vull’), Kentucky, and have been a triathlete and road cyclist since age 16. I'm married (I call my wife, "The Hotness"), and we have a 3 year old son and a 5 month old son.
My first exposure to road cycling was while lying on the couch recovering from wisdom tooth removal. Le Tour de France was the only thing on, and I immediately fell in love with cycling and purchased by first road bike, a Trek 1500 that I was - still am! - in love with. My first exposure to triathlon came through a relay in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, when I raced the bike segment. I remember passing other races on $7,000 triathlon bikes and knowing I never wanted my equipment to exceed my ability (although, when people say, "don't buy upgrades, ride up grades" I also have been known to say, 'Why not both?!").
I returned to race the full event at the Escape From Alcatraz and loved it. I raced my first half-ironman in my first season of triathlon (since I had completed my first ultra marathon at age 16, I was immediately attracted to the longer events). It wasn't until medical school that I completed my first Ironman in Coeur d'Alene, in a non-pretentious time of 12 hours. I've raced over two dozen triathlons across all distances, having raced annually since that first Escape From Alcatraz race, but my relationship with the sport has been colored by my medical training.
After medical school, I completed three-years of pediatric residency and a three-year pediatric cardiology fellowship along with an AHA post-doctoral research fellowship. While living in Utah, I became enamored with mountain biking and began racing XC Epics, like the Wasatch 50. I'm looking forward to the Leadville 100 mile MTB race, which I’m registered for 2023 already and looking forward to using the Faster podcast content and an FFT aero Castelli kit to maximize my performance!
In the 2023 season I am registered for Ironman Tulsa, Ironman Coeur d’Alene, and the Leadville 100 MTB.
I would love to have the opportunity to continue to represent FLO through being an active member in our Facebook team and Ironman groups, on social media (@kentucky_ultra), and will be adding YouTube content this season.
Cheers to going faster and Go FLO!