|I had done my time: finished my Master’s Degree; gone through the internships; and published my thesis. It was June of 2008 and I had landed an office job in the heart of SF’s financial district. So only a year and a half later, when in the midst of an economic downturn, I couldn’t blame my colleagues for not understanding why I quit. My explanation: I wanted to ride my bike more.
When I came to California my concept of biking was quite limited. I had what I thought was a quality bike, a Wal-Mart Schwin with front suspension. Then I went on my first group mountain bike ride. I was both unprepared for how much fun I would have and how much biking would change my life. Then came racing, and it got worse. I started with a cross country race and in less than 9 months I was racing in New Hampshire in a three day expedition race.
After leaving the office life, I landed a bartending gig in Marin, CA. At this time, I was also in contact with Todd Jackson of Big Blue Adventure. I had raced and volunteered in numerous Big Blue Adventure races. As the winter progressed, I began working for Todd behind the scenes, and by the time April rolled around, I had become an established presence on the Big Blue Adventure team.
I would love to say I ride my bike for hours every day, but reality always has a way of making you busier than you plan. However, I will never take for granted the flexibility my job allows me, that my boss encourages me to ride before I sit down in front of the computer, and I get to be a part of putting together other peoples’ own adventures.
|11/12/2013 11:12:00||Monthly Wrap Up: Triathletes Take Over, Yosemite Taunts|
|10/04/2013 22:40:00||September Wrap: Rim Fires & Races, Avoid Potato Seeds, Farting at Altitude|
|09/10/2013 10:30:00||August Monthly Wrap Up: Screamer; Leadman?!; Sherpa speaks; and new records|
|08/07/2013 09:50:00||La Ultra – The High; the running race that blows my mind.|
|08/01/2013 09:30:00||MWU: Cowboy Up, Meh on the Tour, and Kilian Strikes Again|
|05/15/2013 10:30:00||Monthly Wrap Up: Backends, Shirts, Queens and Altitude|
|05/08/2013 21:00:00||Trading in Two Wheels for Four|
|04/28/2013 09:00:00||The Smiley's and the Committed Project|
|04/14/2013 19:00:00||Expedition Africa: Lions, Hippos and Team Tecnu|
|04/03/2013 08:00:00||Monthly Wrap Up: Kilian, Deep Uncertainty, Doping & the Rad Couple.|
|03/03/2013 14:00:00||Monthly Wrap Up: Fame, Yoga, Sharma and Crevasse Jumping|
|02/14/2013 10:00:00||How to be Romantic in the Bushes|
|02/02/2013 10:00:00||Monthly Wrap Up: Surfing, Shredding the Gnar, and Oprah?!|
|01/28/2013 10:00:00||Secret Styles of the Adventure Racer: The Everything Minimalist|
|01/15/2013 10:45:00||Modern Day Mob Boss in Yellow?|
|10/17/2012 15:00:00||You Never Know Who Is A Ninja|
|08/09/2012 09:00:00||BEND: DOUBLE RAINBOWS, UNICORNS AND ADAM CRAIG|
|07/08/2012 16:00:00||I AM NOT INJURED, THAT JUST REALLY HURTS|
|04/30/2012 08:00:00||TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOUR FIRST EXPEDITION RACE|
|03/28/2012 21:00:00||MAYBE HE’S NOT CRAZY: MARSHALL ULRICH, RUNNING ON EMPTY|
|02/15/2012 10:00:00||MANDATORY EQUIPMENT:|
|10/03/2011 11:00:00||EXPEDITION RACING AND SPOONING WITHDRAWALS|