Hi, I’m Scott and I am an amateur triathlete and this is my place to create some accountability for my health and sport goals. I hope to also share some tips, lessons learned and some beautiful Swiss scenery with you along the journey.
Some things about me
- I’ve been living in Zurich, Switzerland for 17 years, and originally I’m from Ohio, USA
- Career wise, I’m an integration/program manager with a bit of strategy work in the transformation and change area of banking and insurance. My passion is in the area of strategy into execution, and Target Operating Models (which has definitely influenced how I approach this project). Going way, way back, I spent the first 10+ years of my career in Research & Development designing radio communication systems, pharmaceutical lab instruments, and software. I did my undergraduate work in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science at Ohio State University and later a Global Executive MBA from IESE in Spain (with studies in Barcelona, Silicon Valley, and China)
- Outside of triathlon, I’m most often found in the kitchen (aka my workshop) and outside in the nearby Alps, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing with my partner Emily
- I did my first triathlon 25 years ago in 1993 a sprint race in Pittsburgh, PA. My dad came to support me and neither of us had much of an idea what was going on. I did the whole swim-bike-run in a pair of Umbro soccer shorts and rode a very ill-fitted bike, but it was a great morning playing outside
- My first Ironman was 21 years ago at Ironman Canada, where I had 4 flat tires and at one point sat in a roadside ditch in the rain for 50 minutes near the top of the Yellow Lake pass waiting for a support vehicle. I had a dismal finish time of 13:00 but it was a superb mental toughness day. My Ironman’s so far: Canada, Lake Placid, Hawaii, Switzerland, UK
- My last triathlon was Ironman UK in 2009 on minimal training (something I do not wish to repeat) in 12:30.
- Least slow races so far: IM 10:55 in Lake Placid, 2000; 3:09 marathon in Austin, TX, 1997; 4:51 Half Ironman in 2000.
- I still have yet to break 40:00 for a 10k
My top 10 list of favorite training and race routes
General Playing Around Outside…It’s Not All Suffering: