runhawaiiElite Triathlete

Hometown: Wappingers Falls, NY
City of residence: New Paltz, N.Y.
College: Marist College
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 158
Birth date: 06/27/84

Personal Records:

5k: 14:42.83

1500m Swim Split: 22:38 (2011 REV3 Knoxville)

40K Bike Split: 1:01:38 (2010 NYC Triathlon)

10,000m Split: 31:47 (2009 ITU Duathlon Worlds)

Olympic Distance: 1:54:28 (2010 NYC Triathlon)

Career Highlights:

1st 2010 Survival of the Shawangunks (S.O.S.)

3rd Elite AG/ 10th O/A 2010 Nautica NYC Triathlon

2nd Overall Amateur 2009 ITU Duathlon Short Course World Championships

2-year Captain (Marist College)

2003 USATF Junior Nationals Qualifier (10,000m)

All-American Runner High School

 From the day I was born I have always been a high-energy competitive person. Growing up in Upstate New York playing team sports including soccer and baseball I developed a desire to become a professional athlete just like every other kid on the field. I entered competitive school sports running track in middle school, which lead to competing in cross-country and track in high school. There I was on teams that won several conference championships, a state title and was on a national championship 4x800m relay that won a national title indoors. That propelled me to run on scholarship for a DI program at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

At Marist, I qualified and ran at the 2003 Junior National Championships in Palo Alto, CA. That summer I competed in my first triathlon where I rode a flat tire 10 miles and ran (fastest of the day) to an age group win. That experience left me knowing that someday I’d come back to pursue the sport of triathlon. I finished out my career at Marist as a 2-year Captain with personal bests of 14:42 (5k), 8:35 (3k), 9:09 (3k steeple), 4:03 (1500), and 1:57 (800m). I graduated in 2007 and left to teaching high school in Waianae, Hawaii.

Duathlon worlds 512

In Hawaii, I struggled without the structure of training and signed up for two local triathlons. With only two weeks of training I placed well overall and had the fastest run of the day over several top and local professionals. Thinking it was a fluke I signed up for the 2007 Honolulu Olympic Triathlon and again I had a run split that rivaled several world-class professionals. Immediately after the race I confided in those close to me and decided to come back to NY to pursue a career as a multi-sport athlete.

2008 was my first full year of multi-sport training and, as a self-coached athlete, found success in local and national level events. The highlights including a 3rd place finish in the draft-legal USAT Twenty 12 Talent-ID Invitational in Lubbock, TX, a 11th overall placing a week later at the USAT Short Course Duathlon National Championships in Richmond, VA, and a 2nd overall placing at the 2009 ITU Short Course Duathlon World Championships in Concord, NC.

As I continue to be self-coached, I look to continue to improve my methods of training, as well as getting my body prepared to compete against the top athletes in this sport. As an Elite Amateur I hope to break into the ranks of the professional circuit by the end of 2010. I’ll sign off with my life motto:

“I love to be the one to disappoint you when I don’t fall down” – LB

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