Coach Rich comes from a team sports athletic background, but never dreamed he would be in endurance sports. Rich has a background in Athletic Training and Emergency Medicine, but decided that he needed to make a serious life change. After moving from Atlanta to Colorado to start a new, healthy lifestyle, he lost his first 100 pounds in just 12 months. He overcame a history of obesity, sleep apnea, diabetes, and high blood pressure and finished his first marathon in 2010. Immediately hooked on running and cycling he continued to lose more weight and to date has lost over 160 pounds. Rich was titled “Overweight to Endurance Athlete” by Active.com and decided to again make another career move and help others overcome obesity and get involved in endurance sports. Phoenix Fitness Denver has over 30 individuals that are involved in personal fitness, weight loss, and competing in events from 5K to Ironman.
After completing more than 5 marathons he decided to train and compete in triathlon. He signed up for his first Olympic Distance Triathlon in Boulder and again fell in love with the challenge that triathlon offered him. He has completed more than eight 70.3 events, 4 Ironman races, and multiple sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. He has now run over a dozen marathons including Boston in 2013 finishing just 20 minutes before the first bomb went off.
Rich is a certified personal trainer, Level 1 USAT Triathlon Coach, RRCA Run Coach, Newton Running Certified run specialist, and Good Form Running Gait Analysis specialist. Rich is pursuing his USAT Level 2 and is enrolled in the Training Peaks Academy to help coaches write better training plans. Rich races for TriBike Transport and Kompetitive Edge. He works with athletes on proper form, strength, and functional training for all levels. He currently coaches 22 athletes nationwide and has been coaching since 2011. I love helping others enjoy the sports of running and triathlon and being able to reach their full potential.