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When Ironman Coeur d’Alene came to Derek’s hometown, triathlon was the furthest thing from his mind. After watching the race, Derek got the crazy idea that he could finish one, even though he had never ran more than 3 miles and didn’t know how to swim! After a few years as an age grouper, Derek took the leap to turn professional. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Despite this early setback he became more determined then ever to become a successful professional triathlete. Derek now has a successful coaching business and is pursuing his goals in every aspect of his life. Derek knows that without the amazing support of mentors, teachers, friends, and the amazing triathlon community, he could not be where he is today. He has 3 beautiful boys, and resides Coeur d’Alene Idaho, but you will most likely find him on or in roads, rivers, lakes, and trails all over the beautiful Northwest.


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“This may be the coldest I have ever been on a bike.” “Shut up about the cold, pedal harder if you are cold!” “I don’t ever remember being hot this early on the bike here in Coeur d’Alene.” “Shut up and pour water on your head and keep pedaling hard if you are hot!”... read more

Wildflower – 1st time!

My first time racing Wildflower half iron triathlon was this past weekend. For those of you who prefer the nerdy word version with more details, you can keep reading below. For those that like highlight recaps in the form of cute kids on video look no further…... read more

Lake Stevens 70.3

  The picture of the bike says is all about this race. I got out of the water in decent position around 8th and quickly moved into 6th place and was making progress towards the front. Around the halfway point I had a major malfunction with my rear wheel cover and... read more

Ironman Coeur d’Alene

photo credit: James Richman This race will always hold a special place in my heart. Coming in to this race I felt confident that I could improve upon previous attempts here. Each year I come in with a bit more experience and fitness and am excited to race in front of... read more
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