Since joining Fast Forward Triathlon, Brian has solidified himself one of the premier elite amateur athletes on the Olympic distance circuit, highlighted by winning the overall championship at the 2012 USAT Age-Group National Championships. Brian has also claimed victory in several other national championship events: the HyVee 5150 US Championship, Best of the US Championship, and the Toyota US Open Championship. On an international level, Duffy has been equally impressive, finishing 2nd overall (and 1st in his age-group) at the amateur Olympic distance World Championships, and taking the over title at the Sprint World Championships. Duffy has shown promise in long-course as well, twice competing in Ironman Hawaii, and earning a podium finish (and sub-3 hour run) in 2011.
Going forward, Duffy is determined to continue improving and is excited to see how far he can push his limits. An equally-balanced triathlete among the three disciplines, Duffy has shown great promise on the bike in recent years, regularly garnering the fastest bike split. He is currently debating between competing professionally, or giving Ironman Hawaii another attempt as an amateur to try to break the allusive 9 hour barrier.
After graduating from Duke University in 2010 (where he founded the Duke Triathlon Club) with a degree in Economics, Brian returned to his hometown near Philadelphia to work in financial services for investment management giant Vanguard Group. After 4 years at the company, Brian decided to pursue higher-education, and is currently a candidate in the full-time MBA program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
|Hometown: West Chester, PACurrently residing in: Philadelphia, PA
Education: Duke University, BS Economics (2010); Wharton School at UPenn, MBA (expected 2016)
Athletic background: Competed year-round in swimming until age 10, before quitting to attempt team sports. After realizing I lacked the size and coordination to succeed in these sports, I discovered running, and focused on running until after freshman year of college (competed for Duke’s track and cross country teams). Competed in my first triathlon at age 15, and at age 19 decided to make that my primary athletic focus when I founded the Duke Triathlon Club.
Triathlon career highlights: 2012 USAT National Amateur Champion, 2013 ITU World Amateur Championship Runner-up (1st place 25-29)
Favorite workout: I love hard CompuTrainer and track workouts. The one I fear and respect the most is 4×5 minutes on the bike, and similarly, 4×1600 on the track, both at Vo2 max effort. But I also love long steady state time trial efforts on the bike that are conducted just under threshold.
|What gets you out of bed in the morning? The opportunity to push my body and mind! I do all of my workouts first-thing in the morning, so the opportunity to improve is what fires me up.What/who inspires you? I love competing against myself, and pushing my mind to extract more physical performance.
What insight/advice would you like to share with aspiring triathletes? Simplicity, consistency, and quality. Improvement is not a secret formula. If you’re consistent in working out, if you learn how to leave your comfort zone and push your physical limits in training, and if you don’t over-think everything, you’ll see success.
Why do you race triathlon? To meet new people, to travel the world, and to compete against myself and peers.
What has been your biggest challenge in triathlon? The volatility of race-to-race performance.
What is your greatest strength in triathlon? Overcoming adversity, whether it be poor races, injury, or intra-race mishaps.
Shout out to: My parents
Hobbies: Not much time, but I love watching Duke basketball.