My name is Michael and I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska where I led a very active childhood involved in varsity sports, snowboarding, downhill mountain biking, and any action sport you can think of. When I made the transition to college, I started playing online computer games – and video gaming became my sport. I have always been a competitor, and that was certainly the case with video gaming. I quickly became nationally ranked, and with that came nearly 50 pounds of weight that I didn’t have at the start of college in 2006. In 2008, I woke up. I was 250 pounds and it was time to make a change. I came home to Alaska for the summer, and told my parents that I was going to lose 30 pounds that summer. I quit playing video games, got an office job, joined a gym, and spent my lunch breaks and evenings in the gym. By the end of the summer I had lost 35 pounds – and the trend continued through the rest of college.

250 pounds on the left in 2008 and 180 pounds on the right in 2011.

250 pounds on the left in 2008 and 180 pounds on the right in 2011.

In 2010, I found endurance. I started working for a company in Beaverton, OR where everyone seemed to run. So I decided to run. I signed up for a 10k, and then promptly signed up for a half-marathon. Within one year of beginning to run I’d completed my first marathon. I was hooked! My times continued to drop, and within two years I was running 1:25 for the half-marathon and 38 minutes for the 10k.

                               Finishing my first marathon, the Portland Marathon in 2011.

                               Finishing my first marathon, the Portland Marathon in 2011.

In late 2012, I decided to become a triathlete. I found a coach, bought a road bike, and began to train. Each season I've progressed quickly and have gradually increased my distance from Olympic to 70.3 and raced my first Ironman in 2015, Ironman Coeur d'Alene. I've got my sights set on Kona and am excited to continue building relationships with athletes as well as companies and continuing my development as a Triathlete while living in Bend, Oregon with my beautiful wife.