Meet the team

  • 7 seconds faster

    I received several emails regarding my previous post on this blog, where I was saying that I was unprepared for this edition of the New York City Half. One of them was from a dear friend of mine who guided me a few months ago, he said: “My unsolicited advice for Sunday is to have Read more →

  • 7.3 things I learned from my first 70.3
    Charles and Thomas on a tandem

    Yep, that’s right, I completed my first half ironman! If you had told me last year that I would be racing a 70.3 (as they’re commonly referred to in triathlete circles), I would have thrown my arms up and said, “No way, not me. I’m not ready for it!” Funny how things change. Not only Read more →

  • A ferry tale

    It is amazing to be in this ferry surrounded by runners. We all know that most of us will do the same exact trip in three weeks to go to the start of the NYC marathon. There is a very special energy in this boat. Today I will run with Nacho and Matt, Stefan is Read more →

  • A light in the night

    I feel like a child talking to Santa, amazed, inspired and a little intimidated. I know that I am experiencing something very unique, very special. I’m sitting on a bench next to Jason Romero, one of my favorite person on earth. He is ecstatic, but most of all, he seems exhausted beyond words. Just like Read more →

  • A proud moment

    Yesterday Charles, Matt and Dustin ran the NYC Marathon Tune-Up race. NYRR puts this race on the calendar and it semi-officially starts the marathon season. I thought it would be a great way for Charles and our team of guides to practice race day routines and pacing. And boy did it work! Charles and I Read more →

  • An open letter to the future child of my guide

    Soon you will be with us, I can’t wait to meet you. For now, all I know of you is your parents, you are one lucky child! They are both such incredible human beings. I am close to your father especially, he and I did great things together. I’d like to tell you what I Read more →

  • Brotherhood

    All my guides are exceptional people, but some of them are also exceptional athletes. Since I run three or four times a week, I have a group of about ten masochists that take turn to suffer with me. Some of them will never compete with me, some of them will guide me through the toughest Read more →

  • Charles-Edouard Catherine

    Why did it start: “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” Kathrine Switzer I always admired marathoners, but I didn’t think of myself as one of them until very recently. It was actually a complex and interesting process. RP (retinitis pigmentosa)is slow and insidious. It’s an eye disease Read more →

  • Dustin Abanto
    Dustin Abanto

    I met Charles last year at one of the Saturday meet-ups for Achilles. The wind chill brought the temperature below zero, and a light dusting of snow would show its face as we took our first morning strides. For those unfamiliar with Achilles’ workouts, they begin with a pairing process dependent on how far and Read more →

  • For Franny

    May is a wonderful month for triathletes, the season finally started, this is my second year as captain of Tri Achilles. It’s been a busy winter and I’m excited for the future! The team is growing, we recruited more coaches, we have many new athletes and incredible stories to tell. Francesco, one of our young Read more →