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an image Walt is 50 years old, married to his wife of 25 years, Kathy, and father of three great kids. His oldest son Alex graduated from Miami of Ohio in Oxford, Ohio (Captain of the Rugby team and twice went to the US nationals finishing 2nd and 3rd) this past year and now is in the military pursuing a new career serving his country. Christie is the second child and she is a senior at Mizzou (member of Pi Phi sorority) studying Photojournalism. Drew is the youngest and he is a sophomore here in West Plano. Drew is multi-talented kid as he is a concert pianist and violist, a member of the Varsity Cross Country team (Ranked number two on the team and a second team all American in CC). He wants to study Physics and run at college (something I have no doubt he will accomplish).

As for Walt, in terms of his professional background, he has held a variety of executive leadership roles that range from running sales and marketing organization to general management leading businesses from $90M to $600M with leadership management for hundreds of employees across the globe. Walt’s passion when not working or hanging with his family is competitions. For the last 10 years or so Walt has focused on bike racing. He is a Cat 3 Road racer, a Cat 2 Track racer and a Cat 1 Mountain bike racer. He generally races between 25 and 40 races a year across those three disciplines. Some highlights in terms of accomplishments: in 2011, Walt finished 3rd for the year in the North Texas Track series for the Master 30+ and 4th for the Pro 1-2. He finished in the top 10 a couple of times in local crits as well. In 2010 Walt finished 14th in the Master US National Track Championships as well as 3rd overall for the state of Texas on the Track for the masters 40+. Walt has won the Dallas Off Road Endurance series championships (6 hour Mountain bike Race) winning twice and finishing 2nd as well in 2009.

Walt has Triathlon experience as well. After graduating college in 1986, he decided to try to qualify for Ironman in Kona. He competed in well over 40 triathlons in the next few years here and abroad while working in the UK. He never achieved his objective and ultimately switched to racing Bikes (the event he always did well on in the Tri’s). This summer he decided he wanted to get back to the beginning and did a short Sprint distance tri with less than 1 month running (7 times actually) and a little over a month of swimming. The result was positive finished 33 out of 419 starters. Then he decided to give a 70.3 a go a little over a month and a half later (Austin Texas). This time he ran twice as much. The idea was to learn and learn he did. He needs to focus on running as he was 29th off the bike out of 120 but finished 55 due to the fact he had to walk most of the run. Live and learn, they say.

In 2012 Walt is committed to doing well in his Tri’s. His plan is to race one Sprint (test to gauge fitness for speed) followed by two Olympic Distance races and then one or two 70.3. Walt’s goal for the races would be top 3 for his age group in the sprint. Then top 10 in the second Olympic distance after the first one which will be simple a test and gauge of speed/fitness. Then for the 70.3 He wants to finish it in 5:30 now knowing the course and weather a bit better. Walt will also continue to race on the bike to maintain his advantage in the area but reduce the number of races down and when racing use them more for training vs. striving to win.

Walt is excited about the joining the team and the upcoming season.