Welcome to SlowBeast
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 and program/project 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 (which is probably reflected in how I approach Project 2018). Going way, way back, I spent the first 10+ years of my career in research and development designing radio communication systems and pharmaceutical lab instruments and software. I did my undergraduate work in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science at Ohio State and later a Global Executive MBA from IESE in Spain
- 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: