When I finished my undergrad I had saved enough money for a decent road bike. My primary purpose for a road bike was
to commute. I had no intentions to ever be competitive, after all I was a runner. I joined a couple of the Tyler Bicycle Club rides
and one thing led to another. I did my first two triathlons in 2007 for fun finishing 4th and 5th overall. I was still training to be
a 5/10k runner, but after a second stress fracture in my foot in late 2007 I decided to switch to triathlon for good. I was running an average of 70-90 miles per week during this time. However, I think most of my injuries may have been nutrition related, in retrospect.
I've had a great time racing triathlons through the last ten years. These days, I've reverted back to more competitive running and
have almost reached the times I was racing at in college on far less volume. More importantly, I enjoy helping and coaching
others along the way and helping athletes reach their fullest potential.
Career Highlights & PR'S
Tyler Run for Autism Half Marathon Overall Champion 2015
McKinney Sprint Triathlon Champion 2010, 2015
Fit City Tyler Championships, Fresh 15k - 2nd from Tyler 2015
Multiple IRONMAN 70.3 Top 5 Age Group Since 2009 - 2014
2015 Ironman All World Athlete
5X USAT All American 2009 - 2012, 2014
St. Patrick's Sprint Triathlon 2013 Champion
2nd Amateur, 1st 25-29 Male Branson 2012
555 Series Overall Champion 2012 (Swim/Run)
Oilman Half-Ironman Champion 2009, 2011
Oilman Half-Ironman 3rd Overall 2014
Fastest Amateur Bike Split Ironman Texas 70.3 2010
1st Triathlon Win - Old College Triathlon 2008
Multiple Road Running and Triathlon Wins
UT Tyler Conference Team Champions 2006
East Texas Baptist University Runner of the Year 2002-2004
Olympic 2:02:20 (2010)
Half-Ironman 4:19:49 (2010)
Two Miles XC 10:16 (2016)
3 miles 15:52 (2017)
5k 15:58 (2005)
10k 33:20 (2005)
Half-Marathon 1:15: (2011)
Through the years I've competed in a THOUSAND run races, triathlons, and some cycling races through my 20 years of experience in endurance sports.
I started running competitively when I was 12, thanks to my physical education teacher Mike Wilson, Assistant Principal Paul Prince, and my mom for the extra push. I won the 800 meter run at 6th grade field day and the rest is history.
Mr. Prince (had such faith in me), passed along an application to the Marine Corps 5k run in Carthage, Texas. I ran a 21:26 in my first 5k at 12 years old. Immediately, I was connected to the local high school cross country team and a man named 'Cheetah" from the Longview Running Club, which I joined. Later, I would serve as VP and President of the LRC for a few years while I was in college.
I ran cross country and track starting in 8th grade and through out high school. My best time in cross country was just 18:04 my sophomore year. My Junior and Senior year I struggled with injuries.
In college I ran for East Texas Baptist University for three years and was "Runner of the Year" each of those years before transferring to UT Tyler. At UT Tyler, I sat out a year (building up my core fitness) and then in 2006 I was the 5th man on the team and we won the ASC Championships as a team.
In 2014 I married my stunning wife, Calley and we formed a family with her son Rylan. This year, we had baby boy Evan who is now 5 months old at the time I'm writing this. We also have three cats, Hazel, Boo, and Emmy Lou.
I am blessed to be saved by God's grace and trying to live for Him and having fun doing it. In all I do, the Glory is to Him who is the reason and enabler.
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