About Caitlin

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It all started when...

Soon after going to college and realizing pizza and beer really does stick on your hips, Caitlin decided she had better start running. Coming from anything but an endurance background, as a basketball player, she figured this would be a good place to start. Soon after, an informational flier from the university where she was studying was slid under the door to her college dorm room. It had an article discussing a student who was to compete in an Ironman triathlon which consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. She said to herself, "That's impossible." She believed because the athlete grew up a swimmer, he had an advantage. But, she kept the flier. A few short weeks later, she decided, "That's impossible, and I have to figure out how to do it."

With no idea how to swim in March of 2009, she jumped into the pool at Youngstown State University. The pool was set up in long course meters and she only made it half way down before having to pull herself out of the pool. Furious at her inability to swim, she was more determined than ever. She did her first triathlon in July of that summer. She was hooked. 

Caitlin's education...

In 2011, Caitlin graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science. From here, she went on to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy which she obtained in May of 2014. Throughout graduate school, Caitlin always found herself reverting back to human performance and exercise physiology, her truest love and passion. She would casually help athletes get their toes wet in multisport and worked as an American College of Sports Medicine personal trainer and group fitness instructor throughout graduate school. Her love for goal attainment and personal growth continued to blossom. Soon after graduation, and starting her first job as a physical therapist, she felt a need for greater career fulfillment. This is where Crew Racing began. Along with coaching, Caitlin currently work as a full time physical therapist and clinic director at Falcon Physical Therapy in Austintown, Ohio. 

Triathlon nowadays... 

Currently, Caitlin has completed 5 Ironman triathlons, 14 Ironman 70.3 triathlons, and multiple short course races. In 2015, she won the 25-29 North American Ironman Championship with the 10th fastest swim of the day. That fall she competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. She is a 5x 70.3 World Championship qualifier, as well. Caitlin will race Ironman Louisville as her 6th Ironman on October 14, 2018.

More than triathlon...

Over the years being around the sport, Caitlin has come to be most passionate about being an ambassador to the sport and community. She finds it rewarding to assist in the development and growth of triathlon in the Youngstown area implementing an educational, welcoming environment no matter the skill level. She also believes in being an ambassador on a higher level, as she is a proud member of the longest running team in triathlon - The Timex Multisport Team.

In closing, Caitlin believes health, wellness, personal growth, and mental resilience are of her best, deepest qualities to offer an individual as a coach. Crew Racing is her vessel to do this through. She believes having a shared passion is where it all begins, and once you have that, development in terms of self growth and empowerment is what makes one unstoppable.