Eric is a digital strategy consultant for Adobe and lives in Ambler with his wife, Maureen ("Mo"), son, Charlie, and dog, Penny. He's been on the T3 board since 2019. He got into triathlon on a whim in 2015, having only swam a bit in high school, then steadily got faster, more competitive, and more obsessed. Training for the Philly Half Marathon in 2017, he discovered T3 during a track workout, and found a great support system and resource as he looked toward longer distance tri and led to his best result at IM 70.3 Atlantic City in 2021! He is planning to race 70.3 Worlds in 2022.
María Paredes Fernández first joined T3 in early 2020 pre-COVID-19 pandemic through the weekly Track Tuesday workouts and continued her involvement through their weekly Zwift workout meet-ups. A lifelong runner, María began to embrace the other two-thirds of triathlon to help strengthen her leg after breaking her foot in 2018. Since 2019, María has competed in various distances including Ironman Maryland (in 2021). When she is not training, María can be found procrastinating on her doctoral schoolwork dreaming of different cycling routes, and boring her English as a Second Language (ESL) students with her bike ride stories. Luckily, she is in good company with T3 and loves to have found her niche with her teammates.
Matthew is a qualified Chartered Accountant who moved to Philly with his wife Chelsea in 2019. He is originally from South Africa where his love of cycling and triathlon first started. As a cyclist in Triathlon he enjoys the challenge of not drowning in the swim and not crawling on the run! Joining T3 was a great way to meet like minded people in a new city and be part of an active community. His favorite thing about T3 is the group rides to various bakeries. When he is not working on one of his bikes or riding (Outdoors or on Zwift) he likes to enjoy some good South African wine.
Kate joined T3 when she moved to Philly in 2019. She got into triathlon in high school at the encouragement of her swim and cross country coaches. Over the years, Kate has raced many sprint and olympic distance tris, 2 70.3's, and finished her first full Ironman in 2019! Her favorite T3 workouts are Track Tuesdays and Saturday Donut Rides. When not training, Kate is playing with her dog Tyrion and cat Gritty, and works in concussion research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Mike is a South Jersey native, who has been in Philadelphia for a number of years. He grew up a swimmer, fell in love with weightlifting, and in the past few years has driven hard in triathlon after beginning to cycle due to injuries. Outside of triathlon he loves to read, volunteer, and spend time with his twin nieces. He works in product and design for a tech company, but spends most of his time looking at memes and coming up with dad jokes.
Chelsea started triathlon and joined T3 in 2020 after years of cheering her husband in the sport. Before triathlon Chelsea was just a runner, but has found much joy in biking (particularly in search for pastries!) and improving her swim as well. Her favorite thing about T3 is group workouts and rides, where camaraderie, challenge, and many laughs lead the way! Chelsea is also a certified RRCA running coach, and in her free time enjoys coaching others. Outside of triathlon Chelsea is an Athletic Director and PE teacher.
Vashisht (Vee) first joined T3 in 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic after purchasing a road bike, and discovering his love for it via the early stages of the Dawn patrol morning rides. Now he is a mainstay in the dawn patrol rides, and most of the various T3 group rides. He was never an athlete growing up but found his love of running after injuries (and peer pressure from his best friend) prevented him from taking part in his main forms of exercise. Since 2018, Vee has competed in various distances including 5k, half, and full marathons( duathlons/triathlons coming in 2022??). When he is not training, Vee can be found running around with his energetic Australian Sheppard Ollie at the Schuykill dog park, patronizing the many pizza shops of Philly, or working as a clinical research project manager at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Although new to the Board, Quigs has been a member of T3 since ~2012 and has watched the team grow exponentially. Quigs has raced all distances from sprint to Ironman, and has focused more on short course racing the last few years. When not racing or training, he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and young son. He looks forward to getting to know the team's newer members and spreading the positive vibes of T3!!