Xterra / Road Triathlete
Eric has loved playing many different sports since he could walk. But distance running emerged as his passion. He ran cross country and track at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. While attending school there, Eric ran his personal best marathon of 2:36.
After completing the Boston Marathon in 2006, Eric set a new goal to finish a full distance Ironman triathlon.
His first open water swim did not start very well.
Eric turned around 50 yards out and swam back to shore because he was having a panic attack. After a few minutes of deep breathing and relaxation techniques, he refocused on his goal and completed the swim.
Since then, Eric has finished the Alcatraz open water swim and numerous triathlons ranging from Sprint to full distance Ironman races. Eric has achieved a personal best of 9:46. In addition, in 2011, he qualified for and competed in the 70.3 World Championships and the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
After a series of injuries, Eric took to running and riding on the trails.
This led to him completing his first Xterra (off-road) triathlon in 2017.
He was immediately hooked and completed 6 additional Xterra races in 2017. Eric placed in the top 10 overall and on top of the podium in his age group in several races.
His goals for 2018 are ambitious. He plans to be the XTERRA regional champion and qualify for the 2018 XTERRA World Championships in Maui. Eric will be racing as a member of the Moxie Multisport racing team in 2018.
Eric currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. When not training, he spends his time coaching his wife, Natali (3:17 marathoner), and playing with his dog, Guinness (retired running partner).
He has a doctorate in clinical psychology and specializes in neuropsychology. Eric’s specialty is the assessment/management of athletes with concussions. He is also the program dean of clinical psychology at the AZ school of professional psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix.