Coach Josh Beck
Road, gravel, mountain, triathlon
A bicycle has been part of my life at a very young age. It has provided a lot of joy and valuable think time, and it has opened up opportunities to travel, compete, and meet some amazing people. Humble beginnings have often led to awesome opportunities.
My life to this point has included competing in high school sports, college sports, high-level amateur sports, professional sports, small business creation (and selling), a healthy marriage to my wife, Jan, and being a dad to two boys who keep me moving and consistently thinking I'm actually younger than I am! I've led teams in athletics and business and coached athletes from elementary school to those in their senior years. I've pushed myself to the highest level I could while achieving healthy relationships and keeping "the main thing the main thing."
I thoroughly enjoy pushing my physical limits and competing but have always strived to be relatable. I once had a Swiss newspaper write an article about me mowing our friend's lawn a few days before a big race! The time I won an Ironman, we were camping with a son with an ear infection, another son potty training, and the family's crazy, cancer-stricken dog. I have had some of my best athletic performances while dealing with life's adventures.
I live outside Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and enjoy our wooded surroundings. Every day includes some kind of riding or running, and when given the chance, I dabble in my other interests of automobiles and writing. I'm currently coaching Cross Country and Track and Field at a local school district and work to convince teenagers that they can do more than they think they can!
Notable achievements and events:
World Champion Duathlon Age-Group
National Champion Duathlon Overall Age Group
3rd Place Powerman World Championship
8 Powerman World Championship finishes (all top 11)
UCI professional cyclist competing domestically and abroad
USA Cycling Category 1 Cyclist
Pennsylvania State Road Race and Time Trial Champion
Ironman Lake Placid Overall Age Group Champion (fastest bike split overall)
Ironman World Championships 2x finisher, 8x qualifier
8 Ironman 140.3 finishes
Ironman Eagleman age group winner (fastest bike split overall)
Boston Marathon 2x finisher
Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race top 10 age group finisher
Savageman Triathlon run course record holder, former bike course record holder
Many local and regional wins/placings in gravel races, grand fondos, running marathons, etc.
Sub-3:00 marathon pushing a friend with ALS in a running stroller
I feel like Coach Josh understands me. I've been a little vague with my goals, because, I'm not really sure what they are myself! He has listened to me and tries to interpret my changing schedule and goals....I always feel like a priority to him. He's been trying to incorporate different cross-training activities into my schedule, without taking away from my cycling...not an easy task. I feel like we are a good team and I'm definitely a work in progress! I feel strong and my confidence level has improved SO much! My goals were never to podium, but I feel like I could move towards that. I try to always do the work. His laidback personality is a good match for me. Thank you for matching me with Josh!!! - Linda C