Jonny Brownlee and Ashleigh Gentle Win 2018 Beijing International Triathlon

My name is Michael Phinney, and I live in Yardley, PA.  I grew up playing multiple sports such as baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and swimming.  In high school, I played on our freshmen basketball team, but was cut sophomore year trying to make the junior varsity team.  It was definitely a humbling experience, but I believe everything happens for a reason.  Since I would swim each summer at our local community pool, I decided to try swimming on our high school team.  After three years of high school swimming, I was able to walk onto the Villanova University swim team under renowned coach Rick Simpson, earning a partial scholarship and the title of captain my senior year. 

After graduating, I accepted a position at QuintilesIMS, a leading global life sciences organization.  After a couple of years working, I started taking graduate school night classes at Fordham University. I was able to finish my MBA and then accepted a new management consulting position within the same company. With the travel schedule of this new position, I was unable to continue playing on our company basketball and softball teams. As a result, I found myself running and biking in the hotel gym during the week and outside at home on the weekends.

Without knowing too much about triathlon, I bought a used road bike advertised on Craigslist, competed in my first race, and was hooked on the sport!  The triathlon community is very supportive and I am consistently impressed with the quality of people at each race. Triathlons have become a nice opportunity to spend quality time with my family. My sister competes in the races with me, and our mom, dad, aunt, uncle, and cousins attend and cheer at the various races we’ve done across the country as well.  This year I am really excited to be racing the Escape Triathlon Series, and I hope to see you at the races, too!

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