Club Member Since 3/4/2006
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Ho Ho Ho
Life is too important to be taken seriously (Oscar Wilde)
City: Colorado Springs State: CO
Favorite Shoe: Asics Gel Kayano Size: 10.5
Age: 45.5 years old
Marital Status: Married
Michelle - my wife, Anna and Emily - our two young children, and 2 dogs and a cat.
What I do for work:
Software Product Manager
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
Rochester, MN originally. Moved out here after I graduated and married a native of Colorado. I can't stand the thought of moving away from Pikes Peak or the family that I have in Colorado Springs.
When I started running and what got me started:
I have primarily been a cyclist, but loved to climb mountains. I started climbing up Pikes Peak regularily after moving to Colorado, then started biking up it and later decided to do an Ascent. The rest is history.
What does running mean to me:
Freedom, focus, challenge, health, and mental well being.
I can look at a mountain as say - "I can go there if I want"
I still cycle quite a bit. I have always said that I am a cyclist that runs.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
Three Ascents and and one American Discovery Trail Marathon. Many smaller 5k type races also.
What I like about trail/mountain running:
The scenery and the quiet / peacefullness of it. Though it is painfull at times I like running up hill and I like the trail terrain. Easier on the legs and feet. I get bored running in town for anything more than short distances.
Favorite running trail and why:
My favorite trail period is Barr Trail - biking, hiking, or running. I haven't found anything quite like it anywhere else.
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Ascent. It is a huge personal accomplishment and I like all of the people running, volunteers, Barr Camp.
Best running experience:
It was very dumb of me to do this I know......But at the end of last summer I decided that I wanted to do the Leadville 100 the following year, 2006. My friend reminded me that I should probably run a marathon first and see how I feel before committing to the 100. As a last minute decision I decided to run the the ADT marathon. I had been biking a lot and putting in long days and many miles. I hadn't ran but one short run in the previous 3 months. I convinced myself that I could do anything for 4 hours. Well, I kept pushing myself on and painfully finished the race in a cruddy time of approx. 4:45. I hurt for over a week.....but, all that really mattered to me is that I finished what I set out to do.
Worst running experience:
One of my first runs up Waldo Canyon was in the late afternoon. I went clockwise around the loop and missed the turn. It got dark and I got lost without a light. I finally ended up in Cascade at some type of monistary / retreat. I nice gentleman leaving the retreat gave me a ride back down to my car.
Neatest thing found on a run:
Two ladies running naked through the woods.......no, not really I was just short of oxygen and delusional. I got your attention though.
Running related bathroom stop story:
Nothing special - One of the Ascents I was worried about being properly hydrated and drank too much water before the race. At the top of Hydro where it turns into trail I had to stop and take a leak and got passed by a bazillion people that I later had to try to pass again.
Running pet peeves:
Grumpy people on the trails, people not willing to share the trail biker, hiker or runner.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I am a pretty open person, so I couldn't think of something personal. I do have an adventure that I am very fond of. My good friend Ken and I once successfully road a tandem Mnt. Bike up Barr Trail to Barr Camp. We made just about every turn, log and rock with just a few exceptions. We even decided to go down Longs Ranch and caught air off of two of the woopdy do's before coming to the realization that we could die and then just road the rest out.
Other hobbies and interests:
Doing fun and special things with my family, day dreaming about reachable and unreachable goals, mountain and road biking, climbing peaks, reading, skiing, long drives and listening to music.
Training is different every year and torn - should I bike, should I run, should I try a triathalon. Advice - "Atleast try it" and "Don't get too tied to specific outcomes". Books - Power of Intention, Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, Harry Potter, and Tom Clancy books. Movies - Spiderman, XMen, James Bond, and even some chick flicks with my wife. Foods - Mexican and Seafood.
Page last modified: 3/15/2006