Club Member Since 7/2/2003
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Me and my Mom after my first Pikes Peak Ascent in 1996
"You were right. Pikes Peak doesn't care if I train."
City: Loveland State: CO
Favorite Shoe: La Sportiva Wildcats Size: 10.5
Age: 49.1 years old
Marital Status: Engaged
Fiance Natasha, son Ian.
What I do for work:
Flight Nurse with Flight for Life Colorado.
Places Ive called home and why I like where I am now:
St Louis, MO until 1992 then Yosemite National Park until 1993. Fort Collins from 1993 to 2005, now in Loveland.
When I started running and what got me started:
My running career started in Jr. High when I ran to get fit; thought it would give me big muscles. I then progressed to Cross Country and Track during High School and got pretty fast but still didn't develop big muscles. Was a member of the Saint Louis Track Club from 1985 to 1992 and ran road, track and cross country races for several years until I just fizzled out. Continued to do some trail running in Yosemite National Park and when I moved to Colorado I continued to run and started to do off road duathlons and trail races again. Still lack big muscles.
What does running mean to me:
Freedom from everything else.
View my Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon results
I've cranked out hundreds of cross country and road races from 5k to the Marathon. 1986 St Louis Marathon 2:54:19 at age 17
1988 Queens Half Marathon, NY 1:18
1987 Mile PR in 4:29
1996 Imogene Pass 2:59
1996 My first Pikes Peak Ascent 2:56:09
1997 Second PPA 3:04:36
1999 Third PPA 3:21:39
2002 Fourth PPA 3:40:13
2003 Fifth PPA 3:07:25 (finally got faster and not slower!)
2006 1st PPM 5:17:45 (Up in 3:23:37, return 1:54:08)
What I like about trail/mountain running:
The views, the terrain, the variety, and best of all running past people heaving big backpacks. It's easy to run for hours on a trail, not so much on the road.
Favorite running trail and why:
Michigan Ditch Trail leading off of Cameron Pass on Highway 14 in Northern Colorado that heads into Rocky Mountain National Park over Thunder Pass. Starts off at 10,000 feet, remains level for several miles allowing a good warm-up before heading over Thunder Pass at 11,300 feet and into RMNP. Awesome scenery passing through some big mountains and past some awesome alpine lakes with a fair chance at checking out some moose, elk, or a mountain lion!
Favorite trail/mountain race and why:
Pikes Peak Ascent followed by the Desert Rats 10 Miler in Fruita, CO.
Best running experience:
Poudre River Canyon on the Blue Lake Trail to Carey Lake. Try it and you will know.
Worst running experience:
2002 Pikes Peak Ascent. I just bonked and bonked and bonked. Cramped, died, and withered before I managed to eek over the finish line. I'd still be there cramping if it weren't for the aid station halfway above tree line and the finish. I was absolutely hashed physically, and mentally I was even worse.
Neatest thing found on a run:
Running near Thunder Pass with big thunder storm coming down on me. I was getting that odd feeling that I was being watched when I ran by a half eaten elk carcass. (The elk carcass was the "neat thing".)
Running related bathroom stop story:
I have a ton of them. #1 Training run with a friend when the colon unexpectedly let loose while doing hill repeats. I ran back to the car and left my friend wondering where in the heck I was taking off to. I eventually came back and picked him up. #2 5 Mile race in St Charles, MO with killer humidity in a new PR. Had a bunch of family members and friends waiting at the finish line. I stormed through the finish chute and to the portapotty with nary a second left before my colon again let loose. #3 1987 St Louis Marathon, had to make a sudden break from the race and into a church to use the facilities for the same problem as in scenario #1 and #2. #4 Leadville Mosquito 15 miler, had to duck off into the woods and hang out for a while. Whew. I could keep on telling these stories.
Something non running related that no one would guess about me:
I'm pretty straight forward.
Other hobbies and interests:
Cycling, climbing, cross country skiing, sea kayaking, hiking and backpacking. Building model airplanes with my son.
Have switched over to triathlons and looking to run a Boston Marathon qualifier.
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