I grew up above the clouds at 10,200 feet in Leadville, Colorado. It was here, in the great outdoors that I discovered my love for running, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and swimming. After high school, I moved to Albuquerque to earn a degree in Architecture and compete on the Cross Country and Track teams at The University of New Mexico. Once college was over I was proud of what I accomplished, but felt unsatisfied and decided to take my racing to another level.
It wasn’t until 2012 that I decided to race a triathlon, and then won. Two months later I found myself involved with USA Triathlon’s Collegiate recruitment program. And by January of 2013 I was invited to live and train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. I earned my Professional License early in the 2013 season, and I spent the rest of the year dabbling in both draft legal and non draft legal short course triathlons. The temporary program ended at the OTC in the fall and I moved back to Albuquerque.
I was preparing myself for a breakout 2014 season when my father died suddenly developed pancreatic cancer and passed away in December. So winter training was not spectacular and getting to the start line took nearly all of my will power this 2014 season. Regardless, I still posted consistent and respectable results in my first full year as a Professional Triathlete.
For the upcoming 2015 season, I plan to continue improving my swim so I can tackle the draft legal scene while posting some consistent top 10 placements in the non draft circuit as well.
Alex William Willis