BREAKING NEWS: Last year (2011), Trev made the US National Team and competed in Extremadura, Spain in the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship.
Trev AND Rebekah are pleased to announce that theyhave both made the US team, and will be competing in the 2012 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion in Pelham, Alabama, May 16-19.
(often referred to as "Trev") started his athletic career at the ripe old age of 4, where he was a shining star on the soccer field. This continued through his high school years where he would commute to and from his practices and games by bicycle. Chris joined the high school cross country team for the sole purpose of keeping his running in tune for soccer. His love for running and cycling really became engrained while living his formative years in Beaumont, Texas. In addition to his foundation of running and cycling, Chris's swimming started in open water. He found his respect for the ocean and began surfing when he was 8 years old. Chris spent summers on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, surfing, swimming, rowing, and eventually working as an ocean rescue lifeguard.
While attending the University of Texas - San Antonio in 1994, Chris was involved in a car accident which herniated his L4 and L5 lumbar discs. He started swimming and cycling through his recovery and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Health and Fitness for Business and Industry.
Chris made a decision to start the sport of triathlon after watching a broadcast of the Ironman - Kona. He competed in his first triathlon (Metroplex Sprint, 1998) and placed 14th within his age group. He had officially been "bitten by the bug". Since then, Chris has competed in a number of triathlons throughout North America. His resume includes Ironman Florida, Escape from Alcatraz, Ironman 70.3, PrairieMan, CapTexTri, XTerra, and a number of other races throughout Texas. In 2007, Chris qualified for the USA Triathlon Halfmax National Championships, as well as the 2007 XTerra National Champsionships.
Cross training during the off-season for triathlon for Chris involves running events (5K - Marathon distance), open water swimming competitions, and cyclocross. His cyclocross career has taken him to the level of 2008 Texas Cup Champion (Cat. 4). Now the captain of Team Spin City (www.spincitycycling.com), Chris continues to help develop cycling and multisport athletes.
Chris was introduced to Rebekah in October 2004 and they were married in February 2006. Chris and Rebekah have been driving forces for one another as training partners and coaches. Chris received his Coaching Certification from USA Triathlon in February 2007.
Rebekah has received 6 certifications through the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. Other continuing education for Rebekah includes the NASM World's Conference (Las Vegas) and Self-Myofascial Release Technique. Her most recent certification was from USA Triathlon as a Level I Triathlon Coach.
Rebekah is married to Chris and has two girls, Madeleine (8) and Antoinette (6), and Cannon (almost 2). Family events include the following: trips to the beach, bike rides, racing in 5Ks, triathlons, cyclocross and adventure racing, swim team, soccer team and gymnastics. Rebekah loves to run the trails with Julia (Irish Setter). Rebekah also has her own piano studio (believe it or not she has a Bachelor's of Music from UTSA), where she loves teaching kids as young as 4 to adults. Putting fitness into your regular routine can be a challenge, but as Rebekah demonstrates, you can still be fit and healthy while maintaining a busy family lifestyle.
Triathlon has been a passion for Rebekah since her first triathlon (Danskin in Austin, no less!) in 2001 after the birth of her first baby. Following a 12 week training program downloaded for free off the internet, she trained with a close friend who she still credits to this day as being an inspiration to her. Being on a summer swim team as a child and going on to compete as a collegiate swimmer, Rebekah was confident that the swim segment of triathlon would not be a problem. She figured if she borrowed a bike, that would get her through that portion of the course, but she wasn't sure how she would fare on the run, as running had never been an activity she'd ever participated in, much less enjoyed. She commmitted to the training program, borrowed a bike from a friend, and started "running" slowly. Her run felt so slow, sometimes she knew she could walk faster, but at least she was learning. Slowly, it became more comfortable to run (and not have to stop!). Race day arrived, and she did surprisingly well. Rebekah was challenged to continue her training and attempted an Olympic distance triathlon a month later. Doing well again, she started training more specifically for sprint distance triathlon and has worked her way up to now competing in the Elite Division at Danskin the last 2 years, as well as placing in the top 3 in her age group in most races. Rebekah's success in triathlon the last couple of years is due to excellent bike coaching and support from her husband, Chris.
After watching Chris race his first season in Cyclocross in 2004/2005, Rebekah decided to give it a try the following year. With coaching, coaxing and tons of praise from Chris, Rebekah completed her first year of racing Cyclocross in the 2005/2006 season, and was awarded the 2006 Texas State Champion for the Women's B Division. For the 2007/2008 cyclocross season, she was able to place 1st overall for the Cyclocross Texas Cup Series in the Women's B Division, and 2nd overall in the Women's A Division. Being crowned "Queen of Cyclocross" at the Dirt Derby (www.dirtderby.com) after racing their 2007/2008 seasons is also another cyclocross accomplishment for Rebekah.
Many of you might have heard about Rebekah's serious accident on the morning of October 1, 2006, when she fainted and fell backwards into a wall, shattering one of the vertebraes in her neck (the anterior body of C6). After undergoing fusion surgery, followed by 4 months of severe pain and lots of rest, Rebekah recovered enough to be cleared by her neurosurgeon to compete. She is extremely grateful and thankful to God for saving her from permanent nerve damage and paralysis.