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I‘m happily married over 23 years now with 3 wonderful kids. I wasn’t always a triathlete & ultrarunner. I played basketball, football, and ran track in high school. I continued playing intramural sports & ran 3 marathons in college. Then started teaching and coaching basketball & running. I fell off exercising as my drinking and drugging consumed most of my 20s. After 2 major knee surgeries in my 20s, I finally “retired” from basketball at age 35. That same year I weighed 250 lbs. I started running & soon discovered a love for triathlons. I’ve been endurance racing and coaching for over a decade at amateur level. I’ve completed 7 x 100-mile mountain endurance runs; 12 Ironman triathlois, 1 double ironman triathlon, and thousands of other races of varying distances from 5K & spring tris to 24 hour cycling & running races.
When I was 34, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I was just over a year sober from drugs and alcohol, but still smoking over a pack of disgusting cigarettes per day. My doctor told me I may not make it to 50 at the rate I was going. On December 31st, 2008 I weighed in at 250 pounds and that was my wakeup call. It hasn't been an easy journey, but it's definitely been worth it.
I get bored with conventional exercises like just lifting weights or only running. I like to be distracted during exercise, as I find it keeps me going longer, especially if I'm enjoying what I'm doing! So, I started with short hikes in pretty places with lots to see. Then I began doing triathlons and ultra races. I love hiking, biking, and running on any trails in nature. Let's find something you love that gets you moving!
For me the gym is a place where I get ready for adventures. My eye is not on the elliptical. It is on the mountains I will climb and the rivers I will ride. My hope is that in sharing my adventures with you, I will inspire you to find your own adventures. Let's keep building strength and health together. Then we can share the stories of the exciting places that our bodies and minds take us.