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 of consistently reaching the podium in his races in 2015. 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 been married to his wife Shannon for 12 years and has 3 beautiful boys. Together, they reside half the year in San Diego, California and half the year in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.