Date of birth: October 21, 1986 Hometown: Evian, France (yup, same as the water!) Current city: Oceanside, CA Team: TriSports Elite Team First triathlon: 2011 Hobbies: Triathlon (all distances), skiing, soccer, table tennis
A bit about me Born and raised in a small town 10 minutes outside of Evian in France, I lived an active life as a kid, playing table tennis, skiing, hiking, playing soccer, and any sport I could get my hands on. After high school I spent 3 1/2 years in Lyon, France for school and transferred to Northeastern University in Boston where I graduated in 2009. I relocated to New York in January 2010 and moved to Carlsbad, CA in February 2016.
My first sport was skiing My parents put me on skis when I was 3, while my brother was already tearing up the blues and reds at age 6. Living 5-10 minutes from 2 ski resorts, it was easy to go whenever we had a chance. With a sandwich (usually a baguette with ham, cheese, and pickles...how cliche!), a water (Evian water, obviously!), and a snack in our backpack, my mom would drop us off in the morning and pick us up around 4pm. So much fun!
This led me to join a race team for 5 years, but unfortunately I started a bit late and was never good at it.
My table tennis days I played competitively with the local team of Evian from age 11 to age 18. We were good enough to play in "Nationale 3". I made the first team after 3 years. We would travel all around France, go to training camps in Germany, play in Switzerland...so much fun! Table tennis is under-rated!
How I got into triathlon... I picked up triathlon after Brad, a close friend I consider to be my brother, asked if I wanted to do a sprint triathlon upstate New York with him. That was back in 2011. After that I was hooked! The swim was brutal, I think I swam .8 miles in 18 minutes, but the challenge and atmosphere was amazing. This eventually ballooned into taking part in the 2012 New York City triathlon with Team In Training and raising funds for cancer research (leukemia). In October of 2012, I decided to train with a coach to help me train for the half ironman distance in 2013 and with the full ironman distance in the back of my head for 2014.
My biggest challenge Balancing training and work. I work in Finance in NY and the hours can be long. Waking up early is not always fun, but it's well worth it.
My biggest athletic accomplishment Winning Ironman Coeur d'Alene in August 2016 and qualifying for Kona for 2 years in a row!
Favorite thing about training Being outside on the bike or running, and smelling the fresh air before work makes the day! I wish I could do that for a living, A 90-min ride before work is energizing! I enjoy the solitude of the long runs and rides, being alone with my thoughts, thinking about the perfect race. I never get bored (except maybe on the trainer)!
Least favorite thing about training Since I moved to SoCal, there is not much I don't like about training. Triathletes couldn't ask for better conditions to train all year round.
Training and working eat up most of my days, leaving little room for other activities with my fiancee.
Unusual Training regimen I can eat a baguette for breakfast every day without a problem, but had to cut it down... eventually.
My goals... Share my experiences and hopefully inspire people in a positive way through triathlon
See how far triathlon will take me...I'm excited about the journey!
Where would I move if I were to do it full time? We just moved to SoCal, so I think I found the answer to this question :)
Dream training set up? Swim: A mix of heated olympic-size outdoor pool (I'd take an indoor olympic size pool any day too!), and a lake / ocean for open water swim sessions - Check! Bike: car-free roads with a mix of long flats and steep climbs and beautiful scenery. Almost check! Run: Trails with flats and climbs, and smooth tarmac, a track for speed workout - Check! Group training: Training as a group is more fun, so being part of a competitive team that has the same goals that will push you would be ideal! Check! and okay, a gym for some torture sessions (I am not a big fan of gym workouts, but you gotta do it)
Favorite quote So many of them, but if I had to choose I'd go with Winston Churchill's: "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty"