Growing up I played as many sports as I could, focusing on baseball, swimming and running. In high school I qualified for FootLocker XC championships, finishing 22nd. I went to Dartmouth College and ran cross country and track and field, winning Heptagonal XC Championships in 2002. After college I dove head first into triathlon and in 2005 I won the Under 23 World Championships. I made the 2008 Olympic team and in 2009 won Duathlon Worlds and Hamburg WTS (still the only US male to win a WTS race).