Mark decided he wanted to be a professional triathlete half way through his engineering degree after a series of race successes. He won the 20-24 age group at Tinman (New Zealand's most prestigious non-drafting Olympic event) and then placed 5th pro at the New Zealand Long Distance Championships.
He's a power house on the bike and has been steadily improving his run. Mark currently focuses on the 70.3 distance and is having great success with a podium spot at IM 70.3 Boulder and his first major win at a very challenging Buffalo Springs 70.3. Best Bike Split helps map out races with Mark and review strategy post race. We look forward to big things from Mark going forward!
Do your easy stuff easy and the hard stuff hard, too many train in the grey zone.Mark's Training Tip
Originally from St. Louis, "Lou" is a highly respected athlete known for her high level of performance, sportsmanship and enthusiasm with which she trains and races. She successfully competed as an Elite Amateur in 2012 and turned Pro in 2013. In her debut season, she won 2 Ironman 70.3's, podium'd 3 IM 70.3's, and finished Top 5 American at Worlds.
Read more about Lauren and follow her racing at laurenbarnettracing.com
Trek Factory Racing joined the Best Bike Split team in 2014 and will be using us to plan time trial pacing strategies, select the ideal equipment for race day conditions and determine other course specific tactical choices, in particular for time trials.
Jordan Roessingh, TFR's Technical Manager says, "Best Bike Split will help us gain those precious seconds through optimal power pacing strategies. The software determines where on the course it makes sense to power up and power down. This kind of race simulation is vital to determine a TT strategy and it shows TFR’s determination to keep innovating."
Read more about Trek Factory Racing and follow their season at www.trekfactoryracing.com.
When TJ isn't out training on the farm roads surrounding Des Moines he's in the Rüster Sports office growing his business. With an Industrial Engineering degree, TJ played a key role in the design of his bike and went on to start the triathlon superbike company Dimond Bikes.
TJ's professional career started after winning the 2004 Age Group National Championships. Since then he has had standout success as an Ironman athlete, highlighted by his multiple podium finishes, a win at 2012 Ironman Lake Placid and a record breaking win at 2014 Mont-Tremblant. Next up for TJ is a trip back to Kona where he's looking for a World Championship. You can read more about TJ on his website at tollakson.com.
Kelly attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she swam all 4 years and graduated with a Kinesiology degree. After college she moved to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center and in 2002 won the Pan American Championships qualifying for the World Championship Team. She eventually decided to try some longer distance races and in 2010 placed 3rd at her first ever Ironman in Coeur d’Alene (9:39). This qualified her for Kona, where she finished as the 15th overall female (9:36). Kelly has also had success at the 70.3 distance with victories in 2010 (Branson & Steelhead 70.3) and more in 2011 (San Juan 70.3 & Buffalo Springs 70.3). In early 2014 we began to work with Kelly's coach (who also happens to be her husband) on power analysis and equipment selection leading up to Ironman Texas. It paid off! Kelly had an incredible race and took the overall win in a blistering time of 8:54! You can read more about Kelly on her website at kellyhwilliamson.com.
Josh is a young Pro that we reached out to early on in the development of Best Bike Split. We did a prediction on his 2013 70.3 Worlds bike split and tweeted it out before the race. When we happened to hit the time almost exactly Josh took notice. Ever since then we have been working with Josh to help him with his pacing and he’s helped us refine our model. It has been a great relationship and we have seen Josh continue to get stronger. This year Josh has already started out with a 2nd place finish at the Challenge Half Batemans Bay and an overall win at the Luke Harrop Memorial Sprint Tri. We expect really big things from Josh this year and are really excited about his upcoming St. Croix 70.3! You can read more about Josh, read his race recaps, and see his upcoming race schedule at josh-amberger.com.
Cody Beals is a first year pro triathlete based in small-town southern Ontario. After dabbling in skiing, swimming and running, he found his way to triathlon in his late teens. Cody's breakthrough came in 2013, when he won his first half iron triathlon at the Ontario Long Course Championships in course record time (3:58). He capped off his final season as an age group athlete with a top 5 finish at Muskoka 70.3 before making the jump to the pro ranks in 2014. In his pro debut at Texas 70.3, he delivered a personal best performance (3:50) for another top 5 finish.
As a physics graduate and computer modeler, Cody recognized the power of Best Bike Split and was an early adopter. He uses Best Bike Split to develop pacing plans for all of his races.
For more on Cody check out his blog at codybeals.blogspot.com.
We have known Mark of a long time. We used to race and get beaten by him at local triathlons 10 years ago. Which wouldn't have been so bad if he hadn't been only 15 at the time. Mark has been racing Pro for a couple years, but after some injuries and downtime he is starting to make a real go of it this year. He is focusing on the 70.3 distance and having recently started training and racing with power he is now seeing some serious gains on the bike. Best Bike Split is helping Mark with pacing and equipment selection. He has a ton of upside potential and we see some really good things coming from this home town buddy.
Read more about Mark on his website at marksaroni.com.