What You See Is What You Get

Asheville, Western NC, United States
Now residing back in the mountains of western NC where I was born. I've spent the past 12 years mountain bike racing with many amazing riders all the way from Miami to the midwest. Mountain biking then turned to an endurance endeavor for me in 2002, competing in 12/24 hour, & 100 mile races. I found endurance was my calling , then in 2009 was introduced to endurance running through an amazing group of people in WNC & have since went on to participate in many ultra running events. I feel like the people I ride & run along side in the endurance world tend to be well rounded & driven by the better things in life, purely because you cant fake or be superficial in this endurance world. Everything I do in my life is to allow me the time & energy to keep pursuing my passion of adventure in whatever form it comes. I was gifted life & the gift of an active life by my still inspiring mother Nancy, whom I lost in 1999 to suicide. I've learned through my adventures & losses to have a blast, don't take your self to seriously, & keep going because there is no finish line. This goes out to you mom.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Guess Who in Ultra Running Magazine

 About a month ago I ran into Mark(new course record holder @ Mt Mitchell Challenge) & Anne Lumblad. As we were chatting about different running adventures we had been pursuing recently, he mentioned in the May/June issue of Ultra Running Magazine that I was pictured in the write up about the Mt. Mitchell Challenge. So here it is, check it out.

6/11/11 5th Annual Roan Mountain Adventure Marathon

My 2nd year doing the RAM, next to Linville Marathon my next favorite trail marathon. 28 miles out & back on the AT across the Roan Mountain Highlands, only a few natural bald mountain areas in the world like this & right in my backyard. Sultan puts this one together & sets up the support. To give you a gauge of the difficulty of this course, I was the second on to finish last year at 6 hours. Falling in the beginning of June makes this marathon extremely difficult considering your exposed on the balds all day & very little H20 on this section of the AT.  I managed to run & enjoy the 1st half with Adam Hill(Mad A) to the turn around Adam & I in the 1st & 2nd position. We fueled up at the aid station & I went ahead & started on the return 14 miles expecting Adam would catch me on our way back. I hit every little minuscule water accumulation & kept my head wet for those 14 miles. I kept looking back as I summited each bald, figuring I would see Adam hot on my heals, but no dice.  As I hit Round Bald for the finish, I turned the music up & finished with my best time of 5 hours & 40 min. Another breath taking & really hard day with my favorite WNCtrail running crew, always an inspiration.

Hardest Trail Marathon, Linville Madness!

One of the most beautiful trail marathons I've done, put together by Brandon Thrower.  The hardest organized trail marathon in the US right now, over 10,000 feet of climbing & nothing but beauty every foot. This video Brandon put together with an amazing Fleet Foxes soundtrack sums up the whole day. A unforgettable day with some amazing friends.