2012: The Athletes
There were a number of brag-worthy performances from our athletes. In addition to numerous PRs that we lost count of, they racked up the following:
– 15 podium spots, including 3 for the first time ever
– 3 USAT National Championship invitations, including 2 of you for the first time ever
– 1 first-time Boston Marathon qualifying
– 1 first-time tri finisher
– 2 first-time Ironman finishers
– Every returning Ironman PR’d
– An estimated 250 pounds of weight loss for those trying to slim down and an estimated 15 pounds of weight gain for those trying to bulk up
– Not one single race was missed do to overuse injuries
2012: The Coach
After a two year medical leave (bone spurs) I got back into serious racing with four podium spots including a first place age group finish at the season ending Lakes County Tri to lock down my first place division ranking in the Minnesota Tri Series. The lowlight was missing my spot on Team USA by :29 thanks to flatting at the USAT Sprint National Championship in Burlington.
2012: The Business
I went in to this season thinking that managing 12 to 15 athletes and teaching 3 yoga classes would be a great goal as I transitioned from my previous roles to a more individual client focus (in 2011 I head coached 3 tri teams and had a tri coaching job with a big corporation if you recall). In 2012, 25 of you worked with me for at least part of the year (this includes only monthly subscription athletes and not swim or other 1:1 lesson clients) and I taught 6 yoga classes. Thanks again for helping a little guy grow a business!
2012: The Intern
Last chance I get to call him that. Many of you met my (former) summer intern John Taipale. Three weeks into the summer I knew he was a good fit and offered him a job. He accepted. With my background in swim mechanics, strength training, and yoga, John’s experience with cycling and formal education in human performance make him a great compliment to Soles Inspired. John has successfully completed his USAT Level I Coach certification and is taking on clients. We are still waiting on USAT to release official results but at the very least as an athlete he will be named a USAT All American Honorable Mention.