As an athlete, Brittany discovered her passion for the sport in 2015 shortly after her retirement from 14 years of competitive swimming. That year, she completed her first triathlon, Tupper Lake Tinman 70.3. Despite lacking formal coaching/training and all the fancy gear, she completed her first race on a beginner road bike with a $10 walmart digital watch and finished 4th in her age group and fell hook, line, and sinker for the sport. At the completion of the race, Brittany verbally committed to racing her first Ironman Lake Placid in July 2016.
Brittany quickly realized the passion and potential she had for endurance sports. As a graduate student in college working 30 hours a week while going to school full time just to afford food and rent, hiring a coach wasn’t an option; if she wanted to be successful, she was going to have to do all the research and “behind the scenes” work herself.
Between 2015 and 2017, Brittany had become well-versed in the triathlon world and had coached herself to an Ironman 70.3 World Championship qualifying slot in Chattanooga, Tennessee and an Ironman World Championship qualifying slot in Kona, Hawaii. During this time, she quickly realized she had a passion for sharing the knowledge she has gained and helping inspire others to fall in love with something that means so much to her.
Brittany has a strong background in swimming. As a native to the Lake Placid region, she has spent a majority of her time training on what she refers to as her home race course, Ironman Lake Placid. She has recently moved to Colorado where she can spend time training and racing in and with the Boulder endurance community as she focuses on her goal of racing elite and becoming more competitive in a field of elite athletes.
“No one expected me to become a professional athlete.”
Chris moved with his family to the beautiful ski town of Telluride, CO when he was in kindergarten. He grew up skiing, hiking, and enjoying life in the mountains. He thrived on being outside and honing his skills as a skier because at school things were tough. As a dyslexic, school became increasingly difficult and confusing as he got older. In 7th grade, he transferred to a boarding school specifically for dyslexic students. There, he needed sports as an outlet to stay focused and burn off the energy and frustration of still struggling with reading, which seemed to come naturally to the rest of the world.
One of his teachers introduced him to running, and he found that it not only made him feel physically stronger, but also made him feel emotionally more centered and focused. He started competing in races and when he moved with his family to NYC, he joined the track team. As running improved, he wanted to find something more challenging and multi-faceted. Chris competed in his first triathlon in June of 2012 and won his age group. From then on, he was hooked, just wanting to work harder and get better.
Since then, Chris pursued diligently his dream of becoming a professional triathlete while attending college in Colorado. He has trained with local coaches and teams. He transferred to CU-Boulder his sophomore year of college in order to be on the best triathlon team in the country. Now, he works with a personal coach to become the most competitive triathlete that he can, competing primarily in 70.3 distance races.