Michael began his endurance career, and the road to masochism, at age 8 when a friend from school convinced him to join the local U.S.S. swim team. At 9 he started racing in local 5ks and 10ks with his father and competed in a kid’s triathlon at 11. After forgoing a collegiate swimming career to focus on academics he realized something was missing in his life. This sparked a return to triathlon in 2009 and upon finishing his first Olympic distance race he was hooked. Soon after, while pursuing his Electrical and Computer Engineering degree, Michael joined The Ohio State University Triathlon Club. There he took his training and racing from average to a 24th place finish at the 2011 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship.
After graduating from Ohio State in June of 2012 Michael decided to focus on his passions: triathlon and brewing. During the 2012 season Michael raced his way to 14th place overall at the USAT Age Group National Championship and to 16th among the Elite Amateurs at the Hy-Vee 5150 Championship. After two seasons with FFT his 2014 season culminated with a 4th place finish at the Detroit EDR qualifying him for an Elite License. In 2015, Michael looks to take his training and racing to the next level. His goals include: Winning the team title at Triple T with teammate Justin Galbreath, a top 3 finish at Rev3 Rush, a top 5 finish at the Olympic Distance National Championship, and possibly a professional debut.
Michael currently lives in Lakewood, Ohio and is the Head Brewer at Black Box Brewing Co. in Westlake. When Michael is not working or training he enjoys reading, home brewing/mead making, drinking good beer, and vegetarian cooking.
|Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio
Currently residing in: Lakewood, Ohio
Education: B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University ‘12;
U.S.S. Swimming starting as an eight year old.
4 years of Varsity High School Swimming and Club Water polo.
Qualified for the Ohio High School State Swimming Championship in 4 events as a Senior
Received “All Ohio” Honorable Mention in Water polo.
The Ohio State University Triathlon Club 2010-2012 Ohio State Club Water polo 2009 and 2010
Triathlon career highlights:
2011-2014 USAT All-American; 2010 USAT Honorable Mention
2014 Olympic Distance National Championship- 17th OA
2014 Detroit EDR- 3rd amateur
1st Place team at Triple-T
Top 3 finish at Rev3 Rush
Top 5 overall at USAT Age Group National Championship
Debut in the professional field
Run a sub 34 minute 10k split off the bike
|Favorite workout: 4000, 3000, 2000, 1000 on the track @ goal 10k race pace.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? That midget that I pay to slap me in the face.
What/who inspires you? People who work to see their dreams realized. Jens Voigt, Chris McCormack, Sam Calagione, Kenny Powers, and Goku. Seeing myself improve after putting in hard work.
What insight/advice would you like to share with aspiring triathletes? Find good training partners. Not only will they keep you honest in training, but also they will hold you to your goals. Not to mention it’s great to enjoy a beer and some tall tales with friends after a hard workout.
Why do you race triathlon? Mostly because I am a masochist. Truthfully though, I really enjoy the variety of multisport lifestyle. Not just training for three sports, but also the technical concerns of being proficient at three sports.
What has been your biggest challenge in triathlon? Keeping myself from overdoing my training.
What is your greatest strength in triathlon? Having a pain tolerance 10-20% higher than most.
Shout out to: All of my former training partners. Especially Matt Long, Andrew Zaydak and Keith Shelly. The Ohio State University Triathlon Club. Coaches Melissa Burke, and Pete Cole. Additionally, my parents who continue to support my shenanigans.
Hobbies: Vegan Cooking, Home Brewing, Philosophy, Science Fiction, Health/Nutrition/Supplementation, Doing outdoorsy things, and arguing on the internet.