Why do you race? Racing provides a means to explore the beautiful landscape we have around us while challenging me mentally, and physically. Least of all, I get to do it with some great folks.
What brought you to AR? It all began when I first started dating my wife, Carrie, who was doing triathlons. I didn’t do anything like run, bike, orienteer, hike, or paddle until one day…I went on a run so that I might keep up with her. A month later I was on a bike. Less than a year later, I was doing triathlons. I began mixing in off-road triathlons. The one thing that really got me hooked was when a friend of mine suggested I come to an orienteering meet. I had a blast running through the woods finding (in most cases) checkpoints. I then realized I could put all my experiences from triathlons together with orienteering and do adventure races. Now I get to experience races with my wife, Carrie, and other teammates.
What brought you to the Team? Friends were involved with THT. At first, they would talk about it. After about a year of hearing about Adventure Racing, THT asking me to race with them. Now, I’m hooked!
What do you like about the Team? Barry’s tongue in every picture! It portrays the perfect balance of being laid back, yet intense while training, racing or just hanging out. We all want to have fun, and then win.
Something you’ve learned through AR that you take with you beyond the race course? Adventure racing motivates me to explore more than the landscape. Knowing, pushing and exploring my limitations continue to be a great lesson for me beyond the race course. When you set your mind to accomplish something, limitations are mostly set by yourself.
What does the future hold for you and AR? If you’d asked me two years ago this question, I would have told you AR isn’t in my future. Today, I see it something I could do for life. If for some reason I couldn’t race, I would still volunteer to continue to hang out with the people in the sport. Until then, I plan on getting out as often as possible to keep exploring both landscape and my abilities.
Specialty? Since I’m an engineer and the laws of physics are at play, remembering the second part of the phrase, “What goes up, must come down”, drives me on the uphill climbs with a smile. So I would say biking up and down hills is my specialty and passion.
Favorite piece of gear? The front suspension on my mountain bike. In my first 24-hour race, my suspension was permanently locked out while we were bombing some rocky downhills. My arms took a beating. I’ve come to appreciate it very much.
Favorite piece of sponsored gear? Riding with Stan’s NoTubes system allows me to ride over just about any terrain and through most brush without having to worry about getting a flat. It’s been the best change on my bike setup ever!
Favorite race/event that you’ve participated in and why? The Adrenaline Rush has to be it for three reasons. 1) As a volunteer, last year’s inaugural race first exposed me to the world of Adventure Racing that involves strategy, fitness, guts, and humility. 2) This year’s race provided the opportunity for my wife and I to race with fellow teammate, Todd Davis, where we ended up on the podium. 3) After this year’s race, my wife now has the AR bug!
Favorite quote? “A complacent acceptance of the status quo reflects more than a failure of nerve.” – Kathleen Norris
Favorite book? The Bible