An Evidence-Based Way of Thinking
Jason has an extensive background in endurance sports. He was a recreational runner in high school and a competitive runner in college, and he also began racing triathlons while in college. Through his participation in athletics, Jason became fascinated with training theory and subsequently earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science. He continues his education today as he pursues two master's degrees: one in human movement and the other in kinesiology.
As Jason searched for the best way to maximize his own athletic performance, he sought out the top coaches and most popular literature on training. However, he found himself continually frustrated by the prevalence of unoriginal, belief-based, and/or illogical training methods and philosophies. It was this lack of evidence-based coaching that led Jason to focus on the intelligent application of basic scientific principles to training. Using this approach, Jason found his own racing performance to improve dramatically. This inspired him to take up coaching full time and to make an effort to help others achieve similar success and realize their potential.
Kidney Transplant Recipient A new take on training and coaching
Another reason Jason loves to coach is rooted in his personal life and struggles with health. In the summer of his freshman year of high school, Jason was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a genetic disease that ran rampant in his family. The disease progressed in Jason much more quickly than in most patients with KD, and this greatly affected his health and race performances. Between 2006 and 2009, Jason had more than 11 surgeries. He was very sick and on dialysis from 2008 until April 9, 2009, when a college teammate donated a kidney to Jason. Although Jason still works out regularly, his illness may have brought his racing days to an end; his body just does not hold up well at a high volume of training due to his years of struggle with PKD. However, Jason has not given up on returning to racing and is determined to make a comeback in swimming, cycling, and hopefully running and triathlon again someday. The uncertainty about his own athletic future is why Jason gets such enjoyment from working with his athletes; he lives vicariously through their achievements and appreciates his role in enabling them to achieve their dreams. Jason's illness has had the added benefit of giving him a newfound appreciation for the newbie and beginner athlete, because after being sick for so many years, he was back to square one when it came to working out again and understands how daunting that can be.