I specialize in educating, motivating and preparing athletes of all ages/ability levels. I lead Team Blaze Spokane Triathlon Club and provide year around organized workouts.
Team Blaze Spokane Triathlon Club was established in 2004 to provide a triathlon and multisport endurance community for athletes of all abilities in Eastern Washington. The club is a non-profit organization, with over 120 current members, who range in age from 16-65 and represent ALL ability levels, competing in every distance of triathlon, running, cycling and swimming events. Team Blaze strives to provide a positive, supportive environment to assist it's members in developing a healthy lifestyle through training, racing, friendship, and most importantly, fun! Club athletes support local races through participation and volunteerism, giving back to the triathlon community and spreading the positive Team Blaze message of support and encouragement.
Life Balance Triathlon Coaching
I earned a B.A. in Health Education in 1995. I have 20+ years competitive swimming experience and a former college swimmer (Linfield College1991-1995). I began my triathlon journey in 2000 after moving to Honolulu. I've completed 75+ triathlons and running races since 1998. The journey that started as way to get back in shape and lose the 40 lbs gained after swimming college has turned into a lifestyle and passion. I have experience competing at all levels/distances including local/regional races, Age Group Nationals, Xterra World Championships, Escape from Alcatraz, Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2004, 2005 and IM Canada 2008. I've completed 15 marathons including Columbia Gorge, Portland, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Chicago and Boston. Some of my athletic highlights included consistent top age group, top 10 overall finishes, IM CDA 10:25, Chicago Marathon 2:59, and Boston Marathon.
My coaching philosophy involves preparing and educating each individual athlete which leads to what I feel is the most important aspect of any training program: enjoying the journey! I feel the successful coaching of athletes is based on excellent communication, consistent training, and attention to detail. I believe in working closely and in cooperation with athletes to define and refine their goals and teach them how to achieve them. My role as a coach involves motivating athletes, preventing injuries due to overtraining and challenging them to reach their goals. I understand the importance of keeping life in perspective through prioritizing family, work, and training. This balance is key to enjoying the journey! Winning trophies and medals is a nice bonus but the real reward to an athlete is this process, the journey. The real reward and success of coaching is helping athletes reach their goals.
I've coached swimming for 20 years and triathlon & running for 10 years. I've completed training as a USAT Level 2 triathlon coach. I enjoy coaching and working with athletes of all ages and ability levels. He has successfully coached 30+ athletes to IM finishes since 2005! Contact me directly for more information about private coaching options and group training programs.