"When you see us, see us." - H.E.R.
Originally from Philly (PA), Mike "Shipp" now resides in the Nations Capital, Washington (DC) after spending time throughout the country, and abroad during his 8 years in the Navy. Since being introduced to the multisport community in 2014, Shipp has been able to build some of the most meaningful relationships with people from all walks of life. However, it was obvious that a sport he loved so much lacked the thing he values the most, DIVERSITY! Upon completion of the Armed Services Arts Partnership Storytelling Program, he knew that the best way to make the space more inclusive was to tell the stories of the underrepresented community of athletes. As a result, Michael founded Perfect Timing Multisport in March 2020, giving a diverse group of athletes, fitness professionals, and athletic communities a space to share their stories while encouraging others to do the same.
As a fitness enthusiast and community developer, Shipp has been fortunate to serve in many capacities. Of which, he is a Triathlon Coach for GRIT USA and DC Triathlon Club's New Triathlete Program, serves as a Swim Maters Coach for DC Triathlon Club, is a Young Professionals Board Member for Back On My Feet - DC, was a 2016 Team Red, White and Blue Eagle Leader Fellow, and has served on the Board of Directors for District Triathlon (2017-18), an organization working to encourage, inspire, support and increase the participation of People of Color in triathlon.
When Shipp isn’t training or coaching, he enjoys spaces that allow him to be creative through writing and photography, as well as working with like minded people who are inspired to build better, more inclusive communities.
Mike defines #ThePerfectAthlete as one that is patient, not only with themselves, but with others as well. #ThePerfectAthlete is also an honest one. That honesty not only pertains to knowing their weaknesses, but recognizing their strengths and allowing themselves to be perfect, despite their imperfections. Lastly, #ThePerfectAthlete is one that is welcoming. While there are some sports that are done individually, #ThePerfectAthlete understands the responsibility to their fitness community, and welcomes others with open ears and arms!
Shipp's Mantra: If you do not intentionally include, you unintentionally exclude.
Daniela Ochoa Diaz
Daniela Ochoa Diaz, originally from Venezuela, moved to the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) in 2015, soon thereafter she discovered triathlon by swimming alongside District Triathlon in it’s beginning stages. Feeling enriched by the community Daniela found in the multisport space, she went on to serve on the board of District Triathlon from 2017-2019, an organization working to encourage, inspire, support and increase the participation of People of Color in triathlon. Having entered the multisport community through swimming, Daniela has a deep love for swimming and helping others conquer their fears in the water. In 2018, Daniela joined the Masters Swim Program of DC Triathlon Club as a coach.
In her 9-5 Daniela is a Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice professional and is a We Testify storyteller. Being trained in storytelling, informs the work behind the podcast piece of Perfect Timing Multisport. Daniela is happy to merge her love for advocacy, health and justice into the multisport community fluidly through Perfect Timing. There’s something magical about training in community, and building community in athletics that Daniela can’t get enough of.
For Daniela, #ThePerfectAthlete is one who challenges themselves beyond their fear, and beyond their mental limitations that they’ve gotten used to as these don’t truly define one’s abilities- this looks differently for everyone.
Daniela’s Mantra: I am here, I am now, I am enough.
Fred Irby—affectionately known as “Innkeeper Freddie”—hails from Silver Spring, MD, just outside the District of Columbia. Shortly after graduating from Florida A&M University—the illustrious HBCU which sits on the highest of 7 hills in Tallahassee, Florida—Freddie moved back to the DMV and settled in Washington, DC where he has resided for the past 10+ years. It was around this time Freddie, having no prior athletic experience/exposure to the multisport community, took his first steps towards becoming a ‘runner’, motivated primarily (and superficially ;-) by his fear of ‘getting fat’. Clueless to all things running, he began his journey slow slog-jogging 5Ks around the US Capitol in Reebok Classics and cotton sweatpants. By years end, Freddie--surprising even himself--completed his first marathon and was needless to say, hooked. Ironically however, it was less the physical benefits of running that struck a chord with Freddie. Rather, it was the clarity of mind provided during and after a run that created what has now become essential outlet for Freddie, changing his life immeasurably for the better.
Day to day, Freddie is the owner/operator/proprietor of Union Inn, a small bed-and-breakfast in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, DC. In this capacity, Freddie leverages his skill as a self-described ‘world-famous conversationalist’ on two fronts—as an innkeeper, welcoming/hosting guests from around the world; and in his role as the host of Guestbook Podcast, where he interviews said guests during their stay at Union Inn.
#ThePerfectAthlete for Freddie is one who performs and leads by example, both in- and outside of sport, to foster and inspire positive change toward the world he/she envisions.
Freddie’s Mantra: Your Success = My Success.
Roy James, born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey moved to Upper Marlboro, Maryland in 2019. He began his triathlon career in 2016 after a deployment to the Middle East for 13 months. Following his love for swimming, after competing with the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson as an adolescent, triathlon became his focal point, turning into his passion.
Roy's coaching philosophy comes from his time teaching as an U.S. Masters swim instructor at the YMCA, which he focused on an athlete-centered approach. Roy understands that every athlete is different, so he takes the time to get to know the athlete, figure out their goals, and helps the athlete get exactly what they want out of their training and racing as a multisport athlete. Roy envisioned this as developing #ThePerfectAthlete.
Part of what has made Coach Roy a respectable athlete are his challenges and successes. Roy started his career as a Clydesdale athlete, completing numerous sprint distance triathlons. He transitioned to an Age Group (AG) athlete placing 2rd in the military division and 3rd in the Age group division in 2018. Amongst his AG successes is a 5k 2nd place finish in Wilmington, DE in 2018 and a 10k 3rd place finish in Trenton, NJ in 2016. Roy also completed 70.3 Ironman Augusta in 2017 with the Scott Foundation. This foundation, with knowledge and love of each discipline comprising a triathlete, is what allowed Roy to become a Certified USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach.
Roy’s Mantra: Thoughts, actions, patterns, develop them constantly and you’ll always be in a better place than yesterday.