In the years that have followed, my professional endeavors have evolved to include coaching triathletes towards their personal competition goals. I have continued to strive for this goal of competing internationally, not only as a personal accomplishment, but also to bring an added level of value to my athletes whom I coach.
In order to qualify to compete at the world championship level, an athlete must first compete at the National Championships. If an athlete earns a spot in this annual race places in the top 5% of the National Championship competition, they can earn a spot on Team USA, which will represent our country at ITU World Championships the following year.
In my first full season of competitive triathlons, I qualified for the National Championships, and earned a spot on Team USA for the 2011 ITU Short Course World Championships in New Zealand. As I had not expected to qualify for the World Championships, I did not have the necessary funding in place and had to abandon my coveted spot on Team USA.
Despite yearly improvements in my performance, including 6 consecutive National Championship races, it was not until 2016 that I again qualified for Team USA for the 2017 ITU Short Course World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Unfortunately, while in Rotterdam preparing to compete, I had a bike accident only 2 days before my race. As a result of this accident, I suffered a broken rib, but still competed and finished; however, I was not able to perform anywhere near my ability level.
Once again determined to compete on the world stage, I earned another spot to compete on Team USA at the World Championships after my performance in the 2017 National Championships in Omaha Nebraska! This year's race will also give me the opportunity to compete alongside a long-time friend and one of the amazing talented athletes on my coaching roster.
This year's ITU Short Course World Championships will bring me to Gold Coast, Australia on Thursday, September 13, 2018. With the hopes of earning redemption from last year and the opportunity to compete at the level I spent nearly a decade preparing for, I humbly ask for your assistance and support.
One of the largest hurdles for elite-amateur athletes is the cost of competition and associated travel, that is covered for elite-professional athletes. Any funds contributed will go directly to support the costs of airfare, bike transport, and lodging. I have already purchased my race entry, required Team USA racing kit, and other expenses.
In an effort to show my sincere gratitude for anyone who contributes to this campaign, I am offering one exclusive free group workout upon my return from Australia. If you would like your donation to remain anonymous or cannot participate in the group workout, I invite you to transfer your free workout to one guest of your choosing.
Thank you for your support of this endeavor, as I am hoping to bring a successful performance back to the USA, my coached athletes, triathlon team, friends and back to Cleveland.