Sean Daugherty (nickname SK) is a profession triathlete based in Boulder, CO. As a distance runner turned triathlete, Sean has established himself as a professional on the long course racing circuit, with multiple top 10 finishes at the 70.3 distance within his 5 year career. He competes fiercely on the course, while also enjoying the lifestyle and camaraderie the sport brings, which is why we love him here at Speed Hound. His determination and relentless pursuit of being his best is why we love him here at Speed Hound. You can follow his journey on Instagram or check him out here.
College and Major: University of Colorado at Boulder, Marketing
Three words to describe myself: tenacious, passionate, easygoing
Favorite music: Punk Rock (I grew up playing in punk bands)
Favorite TV Show: New Girl
Biggest Fans: My parents. They’ve never once questioned my decision to pursue the highest level in this sport, rarely ever miss one of my races, and have backed me 100%, win or lose.
Things I learned from my first triathlon: Get a race belt! I came from a running
background, where you always just safety pin your bib to your top. After swimming in sub 60 degree water with no wetsuit, I came into T1 and frantically tried to put on a tight-fitting top with a bib already pinned on. Needless to say, it was a mess. Don’t be me in this scenario.
Advice to age-group athletes who want to improve: Invest in a coach who not only writes up a solid plan, but is an effective communicator. Triathlon is just one part of your life, and plans may need to be adjusted based on how you’re feeling day-to-day, your work life, family events, etc.
Favorite place to run: I’ve been to plenty of great spots, but I’m going to have to go with either Snodgrass Trail or Lower Loop in Crested Butte. I spent a few summers there training for cross country season, and it’s an absolute paradise for me.
Favorite Speed Hound Product: The Alcatraz Swim Goggles. They are the most
comfortable goggles I’ve worn since I started racing. Never had any leaks, and never had an issue sighting in open water, the two things that can really be a problem when it comes to the swim leg.
Plans for 2019:
Evan Pardi is a professional triathlete in Tempe, AZ from Yachats, Oregon. A fan of all fermented/distilled grains, Formula 1, BBQ, and shredding local trails, Evan enjoys life fast, interesting, and intense. In his 2019 pro season, Evan has finished top 15 in two Ironman 70.3 races and 9th place at the Herbalife24 Los Angeles Triathlon. Additionally, he finished 7th in the highly competitive Xterra Oak Mountain event earning him a berth at the 2019 XTERRA World Championship pro field. Evan intends to focus on off-road events like Xterra Victoria, Xterra Beaver Creek, Xterra Pan American Championships and Xterra Portland. As a mountain biker, Evan finished mid pack at the prestigious Whiskey 50 pro mountain bike event in Prescott, AZ. As well as being a triathlete, Evan plays the double bass as a doctoral student at Arizona State under the guidance of the legendary Catalin Rotaru. He performs regularly with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Broadway Theatre, West Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Cactus Chamber Players. Evan is currently engaged to his fiance Sarah Richards and will be married in Oregon in September 2019. They live along the Ironman Arizona course in Tempe with their fat cat named Stryker and more bikes and basses than their apartment should likely hold.
Ricardo Mazzini is the first age group athlete sponsored by Speed Hound. He grew up in Lima, Peru and currently lives in Northern California. In 2011, he started competing in triathlons in 2011 and found success through discipline, perseverance, and resilience. Like many of age-groupers, he juggles a demanding full-time job, spending quality time with his wife, and chasing PRs at sprint to 70.3 distances. Even with all this, he has proven that one can qualify for 2018 70.3 Worlds and take top 3 AG spots! That is #missionpossible in action!
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