The move away from California officially ended my tenure with USA Triathlon’s Olympic Development Program (aka Collegiate Recruitment Resident Program), so I am now officially a developed triathlete and ‘graduate’ of the CRP. I am incredibly appreciative of the past two years of support from USA Triathlon.
Jarrod Evans served as the head coach and I will never be able to thank him enough for the time spent on me. He would be on the pool deck (or swimming with us if it was an open water swim), next to you while riding, and coaching the running sessions. At the training center, we would eat virtually every meal together. He became one of my best friends and a life mentor during my time with the CRP. He will always be someone I look up to and he cares about his athletes fiercely. Bobby McGee, our running and sports psychology advisor, also will be someone with whom I have a lifelong relationship. He encouraged me so much and got me fired up by sharing his passion with me. I have never met someone more interested in helping people than Bobby McGee. Barb Lindquist is the woman who recruited me from running to this crazy sport, and she continues to find ways to help me and illustrate her belief in me.
My cross country and track coach from Georgetown University lives in Flagstaff. He invited me to stay with him and help with his new venture, a high performance coaching and mental training business. He is an amazing coach and if you want to check out the website we’ve been working on, follow this link: coachhenner.com.
In addition to helping build his website, I have been getting in some phenomenal base training in the thin air of Northern Arizona. I have enjoyed swimming with the NAU Masters swim team, coached by Liz Hobbs and Kathy Gallagher. They have both been incredibly helpful and I would recommend anyone visiting Flagstaff, who likes to swim, to jump in to one of their practices. They are fun, challenging, and located in a beautiful new 50-meter pool at the Wall Aquatic Center at Northern Arizona University.
I have also enjoyed riding and running here in Flagstaff. Lake Mary Road is a phenomenal flat ride, and if you want something with more of a kick, you can ride up to 9,300 feet on Mt. Humphrey’s. There is also a fun group ride at the Pay N Take, a local establishment owned by triathlete and all-around nice guy Paul Brinkmann, on Saturday mornings. Additionally, the mountain biking scene here is out of this world. In terms of running, Flagstaff is hard to beat. Renowned as a running mecca by athletes from across the globe, there are endless trails on which to run.
I am getting ready to move to Charlotte, North Carolina, where I have accepted a job as a marketing associate with Major League Triathlon (MLT). This company is focused on creating spectator-friendly, super-sprint mixed team relay events in major cities. This event is comprised of two men and two women, with each person completing a short triathlon (300m swim, 4-mile bike and 1-mile run) before handing off to their teammate for the next leg. It’s fast-paced and full of lactic acid for the athletes. I am thrilled to be able to work for a company that I believe in and can help grow. I will be training with Swim MAC and the Queens University Triathlon team in pursuit of my goal of representing the USA at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. With an average annual temperature of 70 degrees, I am looking forward to living and training in the Queen City. There are lots of changes happening in my life, but I could not be more excited with the opportunities I have in front of me. I am incredibly thankful of my family, Satellite Logistics Group and Team Psycho for always supporting me.
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This photo was taken during the bike leg of the MLT race in which I competed in Portland, Maine
This photo was taken by Kirsten Kasper and is me and a stud Canadian triathlete, Matt Sharpe, running on the Arizona Trail at 9,000 ft. Hard to beat those views!