Since 2006, I've been hopelessly devoted to endurance racing, which gives purpose to many of my passions — from staying on the move to peanut butter cups. I got my start in Alaska with endurance snow biking, and still consider this obscure endeavor to be my favorite sport. Mountain biking and bikepacking fill my summers. In 2010, I took up trail running, and have finished nearly fifty ultramarathons. Races rank high in my top ten life accomplishments, which are:
|Photo by Dan Bailey|
3. Writing a book about this Tour Divide experience, which has reached a lot of people. I've sold well over 20,000 copies of "Be Brave, Be Strong," which I consider not bad for a book about an obscure endurance sport. Several have told me this story inspired them to start cycling or bikepacking, which is the best payment of all.
Ghost Trails" in 2008. I am a strong advocate of independent publishing, and believe it to be the key to the future of storytelling.
|My desk when I returned to work after the Tour Divide|
10. Starting this blog — this actually should probably go higher on the list, as a lot of my top accomplishments may have never happened if it weren't for the events set in motion when I decided to open a Blogspot to keep friends and family up to date about my new life in Alaska, where I moved during the fall of 2005. Encouragement from readers for my new hobby — snow biking — somehow led to signing up for my first endurance race, the Susitna 100. The rest, as they say, is history — and all documented in this very obese, ten-plus-year-old blog.
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