I love big deserts, dogs, and #1 son — not in that order.
My endurance racing resume includes 17 full Ironman triathlons, 90+ marathons, over a dozen ultra races (at 50K, 50-mile, 100-mile distances) and one 4.5 mile swim race across Chesapeake Bay.
In 2015, I completed the Marathon des Sables – a 250K self-supported race across the Sahara in Morocco, described as the toughest race on the earth.
The following year, I completed Fire and Ice Ultra — also 250K of self-supported racing – this time across Iceland. In November 2018 I completed the BTU Desert Ultra — another 250K, self-supported race — this one across the desert in Namibia.
There are all kinds of reasons to do what I do: fitness, a sense of accomplishment, seeing remote and beautiful places. I’m in it for all of those things! but the real answer for me: it’s where the magic happens.
“I don’t find Divinity in organized Sunday services, uncomfortable clothes, lined up in organized pews to hear another person interpret & translate. God is more inclined to find me on that ragged edge of my strength & capabilities – a little dirty, a lot sweaty – in that place where I can sync up my breath with the Universe…
…so, if you need me, I won’t be in church — I’ll be in the desert where the magic & the mystery & the Universe can find me.” — notes from my 2015 Marathon des Sables race report.