I grew up in Vestal, NY, and attended college at Cornell University. While there, I majored in Biological and Environmental Engineering, was on the Varsity rowing team for 4 years, and did Naval ROTC for 4 years. One of my athletic highlights there was winning an Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Title in the Varsity Pair as senior, setting a course record in the process.
Upon graduation, I was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy. My first year was spent earning an M.S. in Applied Physics at the US Naval Postgraduate School, and then I went on to serve 3 years as a Division Officer aboard USS Shoup (DDG 86).
In 2006, after finishing my Navy commitment, I enrolled in grad school at the University of Michigan, working on a PhD in Environmental Engineering. It was also in late 2006 that I discovered triathlon and signed up for my first Ironman (Coeur d’Alene, 2007). After suffering a couple of injuries in 2008 (stress fracture in my femur, and a torn labrum in my right shoulder), I came to the realization that I liked triathlon a lot more than working in a lab, and I made the decision to leave school.
So, in December 2008, I took my “consolation” master’s degree from Michigan, packed up my car, and moved to Colorado with nothing but a small amount of ability and a large amount of faith in my potential. Since then, I’ve been grinding every day, trying to find out if I can make it as a professional triathlete. Also, in late 2009, I was lucky enough to get hired by QT2 Systems as a triathlon coach, and I am still working for them today.
I now call Ithaca, NY my home. It’s a great base for training and living!