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Meet Team TBT Member Anastasia Meadows

Sep 23, 2015 5:55:07 PM

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My name is Anastasia Meadows and I'm currently living in Colorado Springs, CO.

I'm originally from Michigan where I grew up riding horses and acquiring as many pets as my family would allow. This love of animals led me to a career in veterinary medicine (Sorry no Team TBT hats in surgery!).

Upon graduating from veterinary school, I traded the water for the mountains and moved to Colorado. I love it here! Unfortunately, this love of the mountains was my downfall early last season. I suffered a concussion from a mountain bike crash. After being forced to cancel the majority of my racing plans, I was finally able to start training again in the fall. However, I was in a car accident in November where I suffered a second concussion.

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I am happy to report I am finally healthy again! I am back to training and racing and incredibly grateful for all of the support from Team TBT during a very rough year. What an amazing group of people!!

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Meet Team TBT Member David Daggett

Sep 9, 2015 11:40:42 AM

Meet David Daggett!
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Every day at 5 a.m. David Daggett is up and running – literally! He's a serious triathlete who has completed more than 170 triathlons, including 24 IRONMAN® competitions.

David has competed in the IRONMAN® World Championships seven times. He was presented the IRONMAN® Everyday Hero award for his community service work and has been featured on ESPN, Universal TV, Forbes Small Business, Men’s Health, 60 Minutes, North Carolina Lawyer magazine, and the cover of Lawyers Weekly.

David brings to his community and work the same intensity and devotion that has helped him become a world-class athlete. Among many distinctions, he has served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, and President of the Forsyth County Bar and 21st Judicial District Bar Associations.

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He is a founder and sponsor of Safe Sober Prom Night, a program that has reached over 500,000 teenagers in North Carolina over the past 25 years. David has spoken 100’s of times to 1000’s of students and is a frequent speaker to student, church, civic, athletic, and professional groups.

At New Philadelphia Moravian Church David has served in many capacities including Elder, Usher, Sunday School Teacher, Children’s Sermon Presenter, and Volunteer.

He and his wife Cindy live in Winston-Salem and have three children ages 11, 13, and 15. As a husband and proud father of three young children, David has a passion for youth and is excited about our future!

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And his entire family races!

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My name is Jennifer Hienton and I live in Chicago, IL. I grew up in Phoenix, AZ and rode horses competitively growing up. I got my horse, Spot, when he was 5 and had him until he passed away last year at age 24. I spent every spare minute in high school at the barn, and the only running I did was when my friends and I would pretend to be horses and run around (true story).

In 2007 I was living in New York with my brother when he started running. At the time I smoked probably two packs of cigarettes a day and only ran to catch the subway, but for some reason decided it sounded like something I should try. I started run/walking with him when he would go run (he would run ahead and loop back to make sure I hadn't died) and ran my first race, a 10k, in December 2007. I remember thinking it was never going to end. So long, and I was so slow . . . the whole time I was trying to figure out a good excuse to drop out.

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Fast forward to 2009, I had quit smoking and ran my first marathon; the New York City Marathon. I didn't really think it was that awesome (it was so long . . . so long) but for some reason decided to run three more the next year, six the next year, and so on and so forth. I just ran my 76th marathon/ultra, including several doubles and triples.

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In 2012 I thought it might be fun to try a triathlon (after adamantly swearing I would never, ever do a tri), and completed the Chicago Tri where I had no idea what I was doing, but had a lot of fun. I clearly have an addictive personality, and coming up on my three-year anniversary of my first triathlon I have completed six IRONMAN® triathlons, several half IRONMAN® triathlons, and many shorter distance tri’s. I'm still not very fast, but I always have a lot of fun out there. I love to race, so the more races I can do in a year, the better!

At 6'1", I am one of the tallest, if not the tallest, girl at almost every race I do. People always seem disappointed to hear that I'm not a swimmer. My nickname is "Tall Jenn" (so clever) and I'm pretty easy to spot in a crowd. :) I joined Team TBT in 2014 and have been having a blast meeting other members at races and getting to know the staff.

In my spare time I like to sleep (pretty sure that counts as a hobby), read, travel (everywhere!), and hang out with my dog, who is probably the best dog out there.

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Meet Team TBT Member Doug Vreeland

Jul 8, 2015 5:23:20 PM

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Hi - I’m Doug Vreeland from Round Rock, Texas. A native North Carolinian, I grew up there and spent most of my life there. I also cut my teeth in triathlon in the numerous events put on by the Set Up group in the North Carolina Triathlon Series.

I’m an attorney by trade and I practice at an Internet startup in Austin as their in-house counsel. I moved to the Austin area in 2009 for work and it was the best move I ever made, namely because I met my wife Elizabeth here. We have two little girls, Claire (2) and Lillian (6 mos.). As much as I love competition I realized that, for the time being, there are no “A” races. There is only being an “A” dad.

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I still train regularly and fully expect to place or win my AG in the numerous local sprints and Olympics around Austin. But sleep deprivation brought on by new babies doesn’t fit well with long-distance triathlon training. In spite of that, the support I have received from TriBike Transport and my teammates sets this organization apart from the other excellent sponsored teams out there. They want us to be excellent racers but they want us to be excellent people too.

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Looking ahead for me I will compete in local races in Austin throughout the summer and then focus on the independent Redman iron-distance race in Oklahoma City in September. I will likely race the Austin 70.3 this Fall and then focus mainly on running leading up to the Houston Marathon in January. 2016 will likely see me return to Ironman distance racing. Through it all I remain grateful for the support of my growing family, TriBike Transport, our amazing sponsors and for the teammates I see at the races.

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Meet Team TBT Member Richard Kalasky

Jul 1, 2015 7:25:59 PM

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Hi - My name is Rich Kalasky and I currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

As native of Atlanta, I relocated to Colorado 9 years ago to complete a total lifestyle change and have moved back home to continue my training and coaching.

Changing my diet and exercise, I lost over 160 pounds. I started running and training for my first marathon in 2010 after losing my first 100 pounds. But that wasn’t enough. I decided that I wanted to become involved in the sport of triathlon. I hired a coach, trained and completed my first IRONMAN® and to date just completed my 4th IRONMAN® in Boulder, Colorado. In 2013 I had the amazing opportunity to run The Boston Marathon, finishing just 22 minutes before the first bomb went off. Having worked as a Paramedic in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic Park Bombing, my initial instinct was to run and assist the many victims.

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I quickly learned that not only did I have a passion for endurance sports but I also loved the camaraderie of the Triathlon community.

In 2012 I became a Personal Trainer and USAT Coach and started my coaching business, Fast Forward Multisport where I work with athletes to change their lifestyle and overcome obesity to become involved in endurance sports. This year I have coached 4 athletes losing well over 500 pounds to complete their first Ironman distance events in Boulder and Louisville. I work with 17 athletes from all over the United States and I am honored to work with these athletes each and every day and share in their accomplishments. I am also honored to be part of Team TBT for the third year in a row and hope to see many of you out at the start line!

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