NoCo Tri Blog

Meet Your Team Members

We are slowly growing into a very large team and each time a new member joins we wanted to make sure that they were properly introduced to the rest of the team.  Each month we will post bios for a few team members so we all can know a little more about the people we train and race with.   

This month we had quite a few returning members along with two new members (Matt and Chris).  With warm weather in the forcast you may run into one of these members swimming, running or biking.  

Natalie Santelli

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What races do you have planned for 2015?HITS Grand Junction Half, Fort Collins Sprint , Steamboat Half, Boulder Peak, Redman “Long Course” (70.3), and a smattering of run and bike races. 

How did you initially get into triathlon? When I was in optometry school on a rotation here in Fort Collins, I saw a swimsuit on sale at REI, and thought to myself, I should get back into swimming.  I joined Miramont and their masters lite class, and from there was introduced to triathlon.  My Dad helped me purchase my first real road bike when I graduated school, and a few very patient people taught me how to ride a bike with clipless pedals.  My first race was Lake to Lake, Olympic in 2011. 

What is your biggest achievement in triathlon?

My biggest achievement has been Ironman Cozumel, 12:01 finish, and I can attribute that to Coach Mason for guiding me in that venture, and always having faith in me that I would be able to complete the race.  

What are your long-term triathlon/fitness goals?

My long term fitness goals are to get stronger and faster without loosing the drive for competition and the love of the sport.  

What is your favorite aspect of the sport?

My favorite aspect of triathlon is the variety, as Coach Eric Neilsen always says, “variety is the spice of life!”  I love triathlon also for the biking, I love love love to bike.  

Tell us a little about yourself.  What are your hobbies outside of triathlon?

Outside of triathlon, I am an optometrist, I manage the Fort Follies Cycling Team, I love eating amazing food, singing jazz, and hiking with my sweet sweet weimaraner dog, Mia.  

Why did you decide to join the NoCo Tri Team?

I wanted to join NoCo Tri Team for the community and to have people to work out with!

Matt Buyers

What races do you have planned for 2015?

Right now just the Pelican Fest Sprint and the Lake to Lake. Also considering the Horsetooth 10K swim and if I am healthy, able, and willing, maybe Austin 70.3 in November.

How did you initially get into triathlon?

 A friend invited me to compete in a small event in Wray, CO. it was a sprint with a pool swim. I figured I'd give it a tri and I've kind of trained and raced on occasion since.

What is your biggest achievement in triathlon?

Last year's Lake-to-Lake was my first Olympic. I was glad to have finished.

What are your long-term triathlon/fitness goals?

70.3 is on my to do list. Other than that, I just try to keep fit.

What is your favorite aspect of the sport?

I like swimming the best. I am getting to where I like riding my bike more. Running is something I can do and have done all of my life, but I don't love it as much any more. I love being outside on my bike all spring, summer, and fall. I hate the trainer.

Tell us a little about yourself.  What are your hobbies outside of triathlon?

All of my kids swim competitively, so I am generally with them somewhere. I love being outside in general, so we hike, have a garden in the summer, and I otherwise just piddle around.

Why did you decide to join the NoCo Tri Team?

Eric Neilsen coaches the Masters group I swim with and he is a cool guy. He encouraged me to join a couple of times to get more comfortable with triathlon, so I did.

Dianna Hassel

What races do you have planned for 2015?

Vineman 70.3, Boulder 70.3, Boulder Ironman, Hawaii Ironman

How did you initially get into triathlon?

Started masters swimming with triathletes in 1997. All downhill from there.

What is your biggest achievement in triathlon?

10 podium finishes at Ironman Hawaii.  

What are your long-term triathlon/fitness goals?

Not so long term...but 1st in Hawaii this year.

What is your favorite aspect of the sport?

Camaraderie of fellow triathletes and challenge of ironman racing.

Tell us a little about yourself.  What are your hobbies outside of triathlon?

I am an Associate Professor of Equine Emergency Surgery & Critical Care at CSU. Not a hobby, but my profession. Triathlon is my hobby : ).

Why did you decide to join the NoCo Tri Team?

To be part of the local triathlon community and be supportive of our coach, Eric too.

Chris Bareither

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What races do you have planned for 2015?

The main two races I am planning on are Boulder 70.3 and a late summer / early fall marathon.  I’ll likely run the Horsetooth Half Marathon and do a few local sprint / olympic triathlons. Also, I plan to run the Wild West Relay (Fort Collins to Steamboat) with a 6-man team.  Should be a fun race season!

How did you initially get into triathlon?

I’ve always played sports growing up and started running on a consistent basis in 2004 when I started graduate school at UW-Madison.  I bought my first bike in 2005 and have been cycling and running consistently since then.  My first triathlon was a sprint at Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin, I think in 2006.  Actually, my mom recommended I look into a triathlon after she did a Danskin women’s sprint triathlon.  I’ve only competed in three triathlons (sprint, olympic, and 70.3), but am looking to be more active in the sport to balance out my running and cycling with swimming.

What is your biggest achievement in triathlon?

So far, it would be (i) finishing the Door County 70.3 in 2012 and (ii) developing some level of interest / ability in swimming.

What are your long-term triathlon/fitness goals?

I want to progressively improve my overall fitness level as long as my body will allow.  I ran a marathon PR at Denver in October 2014, and believe I can continue to improve in running, cycling, and swimming over the next decade, and perhaps longer. I think I want to do an Ironman as well in the future; although, I’m not sure I have myself 100% convinced on that one yet.

What is your favorite aspect of the sport?

Running.  I also like that there is great balance in triathlon with the different disciplines (running, cycling, and swimming) and that competing in or just doing a triathlon translates to the need for great overall fitness.

Tell us a little about yourself.  What are your hobbies outside of triathlon?

I’m an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at CSU, which tends to occupy a good portion of my life right now as I’m working towards tenure.  Physical fitness gives me balance and helps my stay mentally fit so I can be efficient and effective with my time at work.  I also like to snowboard when I get a chance to get into the mountains, and basically any other sport / physical activity that involves being outside.

Why did you decide to join the NoCo Tri Team?

I recently linked up with Mace at MP Multisport to get some individual coaching, learn how to train better, and improve my overall fitness level.  He told me about NoCo Tri. I’m excited to make some new friends and training partners and be part of a community that shares my interests in the enjoyment of physical fitness and competing in endurance events.