Colin started racing triathlons in 2005 while running cross country in high school. After another injury plagued cross country and track season, Colin continued to race triathlons as a way to stay in shape and fulfill his competitive drive. Colin attended the University of Dayton for his undergrad education where he helped start the University of Dayton Triathlon Club. Colin joined the University Swim club/Dayton Area Sharks masters swim club his his freshman year and saw drastic improvements in his swimming abilities over the four years with the club. After finishing his degree at the University of Dayton, Colin headed to Tallahassee, FL to continue his education at Florida State University (and escape the cold Midwest winters!) to study sports nutrition. Colin raced with the Florida State University “Tri-Noles” for 2 years and finished 7th overall at the highly competitive USAT Collegiate Nationals race in 2012. Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Colin moved to Louisville, KY while he completed his dietetic internship through Western Kentucky University and has been living in Cincinnati, OH since 2013 working as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Personal Trainer.
Colin has racked up a handful of age group victories throughout the Midwest and Florida and had his best season yet in 2013 when he won the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships and the Best of the US Amateur Championship. Colin had a good year in 2014 but is looking to improve on those results and return to the success that he had in 2013.
This will be Colin‘s 4th year with FFT and since joining the Pro Development Team, Colin has become one of the top amateur cyclists in the sport consistently having one of the top bike splits at every race he competes in. Colin will continue to focus on the Olympic distance with plans to compete at the USAT Age Group National Championships in August 2015 as well as the ITU World Championships in Chicago in September 2015.
Colin is also a guide for visually impaired triathlete Aaron Scheidies and will be guiding Aaron throughout the year in para-cycling races as Aaron looks to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic games.
| What/who inspires you? Having that end goal in mind. My FFT teammates and the para-triathletes that I have had the chance to meet over the past year-and-a-half who don’t let anything stop them from competing in triathlon.What insight/advice would you like to share with aspiring triathletes? Set goals that are realistic but will challenge you to improve. If you didn’t grow up swimming, find a masters team to swim with. Train with others and have fun! And make sure you enjoy the process of training and improving each day.
Why do you race triathlon? To stay active and healthy; meeting new people that are involved in the sport; getting to travel to places I wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to go; for that perfect race where all of your hard training comes together.
What has been your biggest challenge in triathlon? Trying to improve my swim – swimming is such a technique based sport and improvements are hard to come by.
What is your greatest strength in triathlon? The bike! Also continuing to read and learn about anything and everything about triathlon. Knowledge is power.
Shout out to: All of my former coaches who have helped me get to where I am today especially Neil Duncan (my high school cross country coach), Cody Rasmussen (masters swim coach), Tim Edwards (2011 Tri coach), and Alex McDonald, my FFT coach the past 3 years, as well as my family and fiancé who continue to support me in all that I do!
Hobbies: Food/cooking/nutrition, yoga, skiing, playing cards/games with my family/friends