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 grew up in nearby Smyrna, TN. This was before Nissan, and the largest restaurant was the Dairy Pride. Like many others, my wife Deloris, and I were considering school options for our children and decided to move to Nolensville in 1997 to be part of the Williamson county school system. The decision turned out well for our children as the last of three graduated from Ravenwood High school this May. We have three children, Andrew 25, Kristin, 23, and Rachel 18. We became grandparents last November with the birth of “Caleb Philip”. Deloris is a research nurse at Vanderbilt and I teach at the Southeast campus of Nashville State Community College. My passions include spending time with family and triathlon of course.
2) What is one fun fact about you?
While in college, I spent a year as the preacher of a small country church. While that experience was a lifetime ago I still attempt to pursue God’s leading in my life every day.
3) How did you get interested in triathlons and/or endurance sports? When did you start training for triathlons/endurance races? Which race was your first triathlon/endurance race and where was it?
In the 10th grade a friend asked me to join the cross country team with him. I haven’t stopped running since. So many years of running 6/7 days a week was not working for my knees. I was continuously dealing with “runners knee”. In 1992 I first entered the Mach Tenn Triathlon in Tullahoma, TN. My knees are much happier with the current schedule of running three days a week with some cycling and swimming mixed in.
4) Which of the following is your strongest and weakest discipline and why: swimming, biking or running?
I always rank higher in my age group for running over cycling and swimming. I have been running since age 15. Swimming has been a struggle. I never swam prior to doing triathlons. I am currently using the “C” level swim workouts that Sara McLarty publishes in Triathlete Magazine and swim on Friday mornings with Excel Triathletes in an attempt to improve swimming.
5) What obstacles, if any, have you overcome in order to train for and race in triathlons and/or endurance sports?
Time is an obstacle we all deal with each day. With family and work as priorities, training in three sports is a challenge to say the least. I recently transferred my work to a sathe tradition, crowds, and atmosphere can’t be beat.
7) What races are you planning for/training for in 2014?
Remaining races for 2014 are the Music City Olympic Distance and the Riverbluff Triathlon (formerly NashVegas) half iron. In the long term, I am excited about my plan to run the Houston Marathon in January 2015.
8) What’s one piece of equipment/gear that you can’t live without?
I am never without my good old Timex Ironman wrist watch.
9) How long have you been a BEAT member? Why did you join BEAT and what is your favorite thing about the club?
About 3 years ago I was swimming with a group at the Brentwood Y. I met Janet Byers through that group and she invited me to join. My favorite thing about the club is meeting members at races.
10) If you could give one piece of advice to a beginner triathlete or endurance racer, what would it be?
Have a short term goal to keep you on track with today’s workout and a long range goal to keep you motivated to train.
11) Any last words for us?
I really look forward to seeing you all at the races with all that BEAT gear on!