1) Give us some background information. Where are you from? Tell us about your family. Tell us about your profession/work. Share your hobbies/passions/interests.
I was born in Jackson, TN but grew up in Birmingham, AL. I went to UT Knoxville for school where I met Katie, my beautiful wife of 9 years in July! We lived in Atlanta for 5+ years after school before moving to Nashville in August 2010. We have two great kids, McCallum (3) and Edie Claire (8 months). I am a CPA and work in corporate tax for Ryman Hospitality Properties (formerly Gaylord Entertainment Company). I love watching/playing many different sports (college football being my favorite) and spending time with friends and family.
2) What is one fun fact about you?
I competed in the 2000 U.S Olympic Swimming Trials in Indianapolis.
3) How did you get interested in triathlons / endurance sports? When did you start training for triathlons / endurance sports? Which race was your first triathlon or endurance event and where was it?
I got into triathlons mainly because I got tired of staring at the black line on the bottom of the pool all the time. I ran a little in high school and was very interested in learning to cycle, so I thought triathlons could be pretty exciting. My first triathlon was Mountain Lakes (a Team Magic event) in 2003. I finished 3rd in the beginner classification and was hooked.
4) Which of the following is your strongest and weakest discipline and why: swimming, biking or running?
Swimming is my strongest discipline since that has been my primary sport since about age 13. Running is probably my weakest simply because I don’t love to run and therefore don’t train for the run consistently enough (I’m working on that!)
5) What obstacles, if any, have you overcome in order to train for and race in triathlons or endurance events?
My main obstacle is always time. I am very committed to my family and my work and sometimes my priorities can get out of whack. However, I have found that becoming more dedicated to triathlon training during the past couple of months has actually caused me to manage my time more effectively. Oh, and I tore my ACL and had replacement hamstring graft surgery in 2010. That injury set me back for a little while.
7) What races are you planning for/training for in 2014?
Ironman Chattanooga is my “A” race, but I am also planning to do Mach Tenn, Chattanooga Waterfront, Buster Britton Sprint, Music City Olympic, and Toughman AL.
8) What’s one piece of equipment/gear that you can’t live without?
Tri bag to keep all of my workout gear organized.
9) How long have you been a BEAT member? Why did you join BEAT and what is your favorite thing about the club?
I joined BEAT at the end of 2013 because I anticipated ramping up my triathlon training for the first time in 5 years and wanted to meet and train with some other triathlon enthusiasts in the Nashville/Brentwood area.
10) If you could give one piece of advice to a beginner triathlete or endurance athlete, what would it be?
You can buy thousands of dollars of equipment in this sport to make you faster, but at the end of the day all that equipment has to be powered by YOU…train consistently and have fun!
11) Any last words for us?
Don’t take life too seriously and enjoy the time you have with friends and family.