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GOLDEN GATE TRIATHLON CLUB
 ///  AMBASSADOR TEAM
 


MISSION STATEMENT
A member of the Golden Gate Triathlon Club "A-Team" is someone who embodies the competitive spirit of triathlon, displays leadership, integrity, club spirit, and positively influences athletes for the betterment of the membership, the community and the sport.

TEAM EXPECTATIONS
The Golden Gate Triathlon Club Ambassador Team is an all volunteer group of select club members who have established themselves as role models both inside the club and within the triathlon community. They have distinguished themselves through leadership, volunteerism, club spirit and the occasional podium. As members of the Ambassador Team they act as a resource for club members in general and it's training programs.  
  • Volunteer at minimum of 2 events per year. This can be at races or at GGTC sponsored events such as WFTW, Bike Clinic... Group efforts are encouraged.
  • Commit to racing in the Team races that GGTC will be focusing on in 2014. USA Production Races - Silicon Valley Triathlon (April), Tri Cal Races - Wildflower (May), Vineman Monte Rio/70.3/Full VM & AB (June/July), Santa Cruz Olympic Triathlon (Sept) and/or Big Kahuna (Sept). There is a potential to add one or more races to this schedule.
  • Wear provided custom designed ambassador gear at all official GGTC functions ,team races and podiums at team races.
  • Participate at monthly team workouts.
  • Stay Competitive. Have Fun!

WHAT THE AMBASSADOR TEAM PROVIDES
  • Fun
  • Leadership
  • A presence on the podium both locally and nationwide
  • Resource for questions and knowledge
2014 MEMBERS






JOHN DAHLZ
My first exposure to triathlon was an ad on ironkids bread when I was in 7th grade. I was at a buddy's house and I decided then and there that I wanted to give triathlon a go - damn you ironkids bread! I actually flatted in my first two triathlons and not knowing how to change a flat, I busted 2 rims. My third triathlon went better, although ignorance is bliss when you are 14 and you decide to do the Santa Barbara long course on no formal tri training. Anyway, despite miserably long and painful day, I was somehow hooked to the sport and have been doing tris ever since. Upon graduating Saint Ignatius College Prep in the city, I chose to focus on triathlon rather than running in college and was fortunate enough to be selected to the U23 National Team after my sophomore year. I took 2 years off at Cal to just race around the world(in places like Honduras and Namibia – yes I did not know a triathlon would be sanctioned on the dirt roads of Namibia either) and train with the best at the Olympic Training Center. During my tenure at Cal, I was honored to have been a member of 3 men’s team and 1 overall national championship team at Cal in 2008. I won the individual national collegiate title in my last go in 2009 and graduated Cal with a very ‘useful’ degree in political science. Since then, I have been doing the two things I am most passionate about: racing triathlon and coaching. I was an assistant h.s. swim coach at SI for 4 years and currently am the head coach of the best collegiate triathlon team in the country at Cal. In terms of racing, I will race any distance, and even though I prefer sprints/Olympics(actually the shorter the better), I am sure I will get talked into racing an Ironman or two(at least Full Vineman this year). I feel really privileged to have been selected to be a member of this GGTC squad and look forward to training and just hanging out with a really great group... and of course seeing John in his buzz light year outfit doesn't hurt ;)






TOMMY EVANS
I started triathlon in 2006 but it wasn't until 2008 until I finally stepped up and did a real tri - Auburn International distance. If you haven't done Auburn, it is an absolute must...

I started running in high school but never joined track or XC. I just ran when I wanted to. Today, I would run every day of the week if my body would let me and it's still my favorite event (even though I'm stronger on the bike). At the end of 2011, I said I would take two more years (while still in M25-29 division) to race tris seriously. So after this season, I'm going to take a break from the big races and stick to road races and trail runs. I've always wanted to join GGTC - being a part of the A-Team has allowed me to do that. I'm not in triathlon for me; I'm a team guy so this gives me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger. It also gives me the chance to give back to the sport while doing it with friends (rather than showing up at a picnic table at 4:30 in the morning when you don't know anyone). In the future, I would love to coach because I love to give advice and I'm not afraid to stand up for what I think works. If you ever have a question about training or nutrition, please ask.

 





GEOFF FARRELL
My first Triathlon was part of the Bud Light Sprint series in 1982 at Connecticut College when I was a skinny Cross Country runner. My second tri was Pac Grove in 1998, so I've been a triathlete for 15 years, and a distance runner for 38 years. I am lucky to be able to follow the thread of athletics throughout my life and feel it's held everything together for me. The best part I suppose is good health, but I mostly treasure the wide-range of wonderful friends I've gained over the decades. I love the great outdoors and music, both of which I weave into my workouts.





DUANE FRANKS
i did my first triathlon back in 1981 and still haven't found a good enough reason to stop. in 1982 i become bored of training and racing alone so i decided to start a triathlon club at cal poly pomona where i completed my first degree. after starting that club we learned that we were the first collegiate club in the country and probably the world. i've lived or spent extended time in most of the popular triathlon's geographically desirable places that include, la, san diego and kona but none of those areas can compare to what we have here in the san francisco bay area. after moving here in 1991 i joined a few other lonely tri-geeks to form the golden gate tri club (ggtc) which quickly grew to one of the largest tri clubs in the nation. i've now completed nearly 300 multi-sport events that include 20+ ironmans (5 in kona), 100+ half ironmans and the 3-day ultraman world championship in hawaii. i've been fortunate to have been to the podium over 50 times during this career. i am a full time coach and founder of trifiniti endurance a successful coaching business with my wife and ggtc coach dorette. this is the second time i've been on a ggtc ambassador team and look forward to spending more time in an athlete's role again.

 

HOPE GELBACH
Let's see...  I was born and raised in Coronado, CA and went to college in San Luis Obispo.  I moved (to work) in SF after school but took 2 1/2 years off to travel (46 countries) '94-'96.  Besides a few 'fun' tri's... I really started this crazy sport in 2005... after having 2 kids who are now 9 and 14!    First Olympic in 2006... first Half in 2007 (Thanks to my first Coach.. Duane!!)  I then checked off the bucket list by doing an Ironman in 2010.  (Who would have thought!!?)  My first love was running, but I have come to appreciate cycling... and even swimming!  (did I just say that?!)  I'm excited about being on the A Team for GGTC.  I enjoy being a positive, motivating role model and hope that I can accomplish that here?!  I always try to keep things in perspective... If we are not having FUN participating in this sport... we need to rethink WHY are we doing it?!






TAMMY MOSER
I started running while attending the University of Florida...a long time ago. I ran for my health for the most part and participated  in a few races. While living in North Carolina, my friend asked me to do a sprint triathlon with her. I said "Ok" and I entered the Huntersville Sprint Triathlon. I decided I needed to brush up on some swimming that I hadn't done since living in Florida. I had gotten a road bike the year before.  I placed first for novice female and was hooked. Olympic distance is the longest race that I  have done so far. In May I will race Ironman Hawaii 70.3 and in November, Ironman Cozumel. I am thrilled to have moved to San Francisco and to have become a GGTC member! I'm still very new but I am passionate about this sport and inspired by so many.






NEIL FRASER
Neil Fraser, CEO and Founder of TRIMORE Fitness, is a Personal Trainer, Triathlon & Cycling Coach, Swim and Master Swim Coach. Neil is the coach for GGTC's Tri And Give (TAG) Program, 10-week training program for people new to the sport of triathlon, or people who want to learn more about structured training principles, and prepares them for an Olympic-distance triathlon. Neil understands the needs of athletes, since he has a long history of competing in a variety of athletic events at the national level and currently races around the country annually for pleasure. Neil started TRIMORE Fitness to take his endurance training and business plan to the next level. Since then, Neil has completed five IronMan, fifteen marathons, and raced all over North America.




ASHLEY RELF
My friend, who was in the coast guard signed me up for Treasure Island Triathlon ... so I borrowed a wetsuit, mountain bike, and have continued racing triathlons ever since. And I have somehow managed to race in the Ironman World Championships in Kona and the Age Group Olympic Distance World Championships in New Zealand and many other cool events. This sport is crazy (in a good way), but I am still actively involved as an athlete, coach and enthusiast. 

Ashley is also the coach for GGTC's Half Ironman Training program, which focuses on the 2013 Avia Wildflower Long Course Triathlon.





STEPHANIE SCHMOTTER
I was dared to do my first triathlon when I was a junior in college.  I had never swam laps before in my life, didn’t really run, but loved to ride my bike! (I didn’t ride far or fast, just loved riding).  My first triathlon, an Olympic distance in Santa Barbara, was a complete disaster, but I had a blast!  I had no idea what I was doing, and had never swam in the ocean before, but I smiled the entire time and became hooked on the sport.  I eventually became president of the small triathlon club at Sonoma State University, did some more sprint and Olympic distance races, and did my first half ironman after I graduated in 2010. When I moved to the SF for grad school, I was introduced to GGTC and TriMore, and learned what this sport is really about!  I love the sport and the people and don’t plan on stopping any time soon!





MICHAEL SPIEGEL
I recently finished my first Ironman. Lake Tahoe was brilliant both in it's beauty and it's challenge. It was a true test and certainly pushed me to move beyond injuries and just get it done. I grew up as a swimmer and I take full advantage of that experience. It translates into everything I do and it also translates into excellent coaching skills. I've been a member of GGTC for four years and I also served on the board for the past two years. This year presents new challenges and a renewed focus on building towards some new goals in my life both profesionally and as an amateur triathlete. I'm looking forward to a great year building with the team and with the club, and most of all having some fun.

 

       
KRISTA GAGER
I have been involved in triathlon since 2009. My husband and I found ourselves in need of a hobby so we decided to “train for a triathlon.” Little did we know, it would become our passion. We moved to SF in 2011 and joined GGTC before we even finished unpacking. Over the past three years I’ve become very involved in the club and served on the Board of Directors in 2013. The swim is my strongest discipline and in my first race I was second out of the water… and then proceeded to be passed by nearly every single person between the bike and the run. I finished fourth to last. Despite this, I was hooked. I've worked hard on my bike and run since then. I have finished dozens of races ranging from sprints to my first Ironman (Lake Tahoe) in 2013. Outside of triathlon, I am a Registered Nurse and will finish graduate school at UCSF in June and be a Nurse Practitioner. I am looking forward to being part of the Ambassador Team to help newbies and promote the things I enjoy most about GGTC – friendship, fun and a little competition too.

 

      
JEFF WONG
I started doing triathlons about 5 years ago. I ran the SF Marathon and a co-worker said, “you should do a triathlon!” I said, “a couple problems here, #1 I can’t swim that far, #2 I don’t have a bike.” Well, she helped me with my swim and I borrowed my uncle’s Look road bike, raced Wildflower Olympic that year and I’ve been hooked ever since. My favorite races thus far are Ironman Honu 70.3, Big Kahuna (the half ironman distance down in Santa Cruz), Escape from Alcatraz, and Folsom Olympic. I ran track and field in high school for four years (100m 11.9s PR, long jump- state championships alternate) and played collegiate volleyball for 3 years-still yet to figure out how to work this sport experience into triathlons??? Watching endurance athletes and being able to race with people who push beyond limits and overcome their personal challenges inspire and amazes me. I've been a member of GGTC for 4 years and a 3 time previous member of the month. I look forward to a more focused training schedule, being challenged by my fellow A Team members, and giving back to the club and sport that provides me an outlet and balance to my crazy life. Bike is my strongest discipline, and in the off season, I like to run and target Northface Endurance Challenge as my end of the year race. I’m married, with two awesome kids, Jared (5), and Hudson (2), and can’t wait for them to kick my butt in triathlons when they get older! (If they want to do them of course) ;) My favorite junk food is french fries and I can work a dance floor!  

 

      
ED SWANSON
I've been a GGTC member since 1999. My first triathlons were Wildflower and Escape from Alcatraz. I completed my first IM distance in 2006 and did my first ultramarathon in 2008. I'm a USAT Certified Coach since 2007, participate as a coach for the GGTC TAG program, and have been the club's Run Director previously for 2 years.

 

     
BRICE WINKLER
I have always been passionate for sports. I started with competitive soccer and then moved to track and field in high school. I found swimming in college, and my first multisport event was an aquathlon in Huntington Beach, CA. Triathlon is a wild sport. It's a sport that tests your resolve and training, and that's part of the reason why I love it. It's scientific too! Some training works and other training does not, despite athlete beliefs. I constantly like to prove and disprove training methodology. I'm really looking forward to being a part of the A-Team, and see everybody race their heart out on the race course. One role model of mine said it best: #getsome.

 


KARI WHITE
I grew up playing any and every sport, but swore off any event in high school track that required you to go more than one lap around the track. Endurance sports were a foreign concept to me. Through a random series of events I found myself signed up for the Marin County Sprint Tri back in 2011, could barely swim (not much has changed there), borrowed a bike, and haven’t looked back since. Shortly after I found myself signing up for my first 70.3 before I had even completed an Olympic. I feel like triathlon has become more of a lifestyle than a hobby for me, and love how it’s allowed me to accomplish things I never thought I could (or would want) to do, as well as introduced me to amazing people that are there to support me every step of the way. Vineman 70.3 has been my favorite race so far, and I look forward to tackling it for a 3rd time with a 3rd PR! 2014 will bring more “firsts” for me as I attempt my first marathon – Berlin (eek)! I’m looking forward to being a part of the A Team and GGTC to help others realize their new “normal” and discover potential they don’t even know they have. Cheers to a healthy and happy 2014 season!

 

 
JIM ROTH
With a swimming background, I tried my first sprint triathlon during college, a few Olympic tris after grad school, and a few more Olymmpic tris about 10 years later. In the past seven or eight years I've done a lot of century bike rides and four to five triathlons per year, including Olympic distance races, about 15 half ironman races, and four ironman races. After every ironman I've said it would be my last, but then I find myself signing up again before too long! I also found myself getting more interested in running, doing a few marathons to train for ironman races, and doing a couple 50km runs and even the 50 mile northface endurance challenge. It's been fun to push myself and to see the results of consistent training: lower heartrate, greater endurance, and a bit more speed. I like helping and supporting others and have served five years on the GGTC board. I'm looking forward to 2014 and another great year!

 

 
ALEX SIGAL
While in PT school in 2005, I watched 3 classmates relay themselves through the Wildflower olympic course. It was hot, we had to hike up and down that stupid hill a bunch of times, and camping was not something I did...At all. Needless to say, I wasn't in the least prepared for the weekend, but I had a blast! Can I do one of these? Swimming was not my forte, and I didn't own a bike worth riding farther than to school 10 blocks away. My roommate and I ran regularly, but 3 miles at the most. It took me a few years, but I bought a road bike on sale that to this day does not fit me, then got totally schooled on the course we have all come to love and hate. I was hooked. The next time Wildflower rolled around I was ready to take on the course that turned my hamstrings into fried bacon. mmm bacon. I joined GGTC just as I started to realize that I was getting faster and that the 1/2 ironman was in my future. GGTC helped me push my limits and take me to that next level. With 1 season of track under my belt, I must have shaved 2 minutes off of my mile race pace. My fitness got me so excited about GGTC, I ran for a position on the board and had the privilege of being run director in 2011. That was fun! I continued to PR at every race, and make more amazing friends. I was truly blown away by what my body was capable of. I finished the polar bear swim with the Dolphin Club, and had a great time racing with my friends both on and off the course at Ironman Lake Tahoe. My goal this year is to recover the speed I've lost since ironman, set a few PRs, and live a life balanced with both indoor and outdoor fun. Unfortunately, these 10 holiday pounds have not done a brother any good. When you're running with some jelly in your belly, and the police wont help...Call the A-Team!

 

     
CLEMENT  TUSSIOT
Growing up in France, sports have always been an important part of my life. I was a member of the rowing team all through high school, and then became a half-distance runner the following years in college at the University. Rowing was a lot of fun, very technical, and I really enjoyed the camaraderie. After 5 years of competitive running, I became under weight, I was always injured, and was depressed to not be as fast as I wanted to be. One of my friends who was doing triathlons at the time suggested that I give it a try! This is how I jumped into the sport! It only took me a couple of months to get completely addicted. Everything was there, the technique and the strength of the swimming, the fun and adventure of biking, my specialty of running, and a group of motivated and awesome people I met though CNP (Paris Triathlon Club). Since then I have done 3 Olympic races, 5 Half Ironmans, the Alpe d'Huez triathlon and Ironman Nice. I also have several podium wins too. Since moving to SF from Paris in 2013, I can really feel how triathlon is a big thing in the bay area. A lot of people are into it, and it gives me incredible motivation for 2014! Let's break records!