“I just decided this past year to focus everything on triathlon,” says Drew. “That was part of the reason I came back to Boulder—to join the CU Boulder club team and see where it goes. Having a full year to train will hopefully make a big difference. They’ve got a good group of guys there.” In April, the CU Boulder team just raced to its 12th national championship.
Drew trains with his father, a widely respected triathlon coach in Boulder, whenever he can. “I train with my dad at Flatirons Athletic Club twice a week for swim workouts. I get on the bike with him. He still likes to work hard when he can, though he’s had a few injuries. I also join in on his running group once a week.”
As for his future goals? He’s not making any grand plans. Yet. “I haven’t really set any big goals. I’m racing Boulder 70.3 on Aug. 7, and I really just want to run well. I haven’t run to my potential in the half-ironman, I haven’t put it all together.”
As for going pro, Drew says he’s still a few years out from making the leap: “I’ll stay an amateur the next few years and hopefully develop across all three disciplines. I’d like to make that jump at some point but I’m not in any rush to do so.”
Amateur or pro, Drew will continue to rely on his dad’s insightful guidance. “I get a lot of training input from my dad and ask him to tweak what I’m doing. I sat down with him to get a basic program together for Hawaii. It will be my first full Ironman, but I think it will be a good experience. I’m looking forward to heading over there.”
Until then, Drew’s enjoying the life of a college kid on summer break. He’s training, working at a local yogurt shop, going on hikes around Boulder and hanging out with friends and his dad. And getting lots of sleep.
“I’m always going to sleep early—my friends make fun of me,” says Drew with a chuckle.