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5 Adventure Pics

February 10, 2017

From time to time, I am going to post some of my favorite travel pictures.  I have been enjoying a little photography lately so here are a few below.

Missouri Mountain, CO

Jackson, WY

Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

Grand Teton National Park, WY

Crystal Beach, FL

Adventure, Hiking, Leadership

Why it is important to have great people on your climb

February 2, 2017

I think one of the most important things in life is to have great friends and mentors who challenge us and push us.  One of my good friends Peter Lowry does that for me.  Whether it was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or getting across this snow wall below, he has also been there to keep me going.

 

However, when I first came up to this snow wall I wanted nothing to do with it.  I really wanted to turn around and below were some thoughts on how I got through it.

 

What I got to see instead of turning back…

Thanks Petey!

 

 

Adventure, Running

What inspired me to run up Big Sky Mountain

January 27, 2017

Last year I had a chance to stay up in Big Sky, Montana.  When I arrived I saw this amazing peak and something hit me.  I had this sense of wonder of “hey maybe I could run to the top of that.”

It was like trying to get up there had me really curious and feeling moved.  I always think of my grandfather Poppy too when this happens.  Below were some reflections from about half way up.

This sense of wonder, curiosity and inspiration kept me going that day.  Even when I thought I hit the summit pretty early :).

Ya, I wasn’t quite there yet. So just kept running to see what would happen.  I just got more curious and had more fun with the terrain.  This was me after hitting the top.

 

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Montana Adventure

September 4, 2016

Amanda and I are currently on a trip through Montana and Wyoming.  These are some of my favorite pictures so far!

 

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Adventure, Biking, Exercise, Gym, Hiking

A workout that keeps me coming back

April 26, 2016

Below is a post I wrote recently for the Madabolic blog.

I have been going to Madabolic for almost three years now.  This is unusual for me as I tend to move from gym to gym and have tried almost every workout in the city. What I love about Madabolic is from the very first time I walked in, their team asked me about what I like to do and my fitness goals. I told them I wanted a good workout but also love to run, bike, do Flywheel, the occasional yoga, hike, ski and just about anything else outside. They said “greatyou should keep doing all of that and let’s figure out how to integrate our workouts into your lifestyle.” 

I appreciated that the team at Madabolic was more focused on how I could improve my lifestyle versus how many times I came to the gym. Most weeks I go to 2-3 classes with some running and other outdoor activities mixed in.

Recently, I told the trainers I was going to join some friends to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro which is the highest peak in Africa. The trip was only three weeks away when I made the final decision to go. I believe my training at Madabolic was a big reason I could say yes to an opportunity like this. Will Smith once said, “you don’t have to get ready if you stay ready.” The trainers even gave me a few things I could do outside of class to prepare for the climb.

I had an amazing experience on Mt. Kilimanjaro. We made it to the Summit (19,341ft.) after a 6.5 day journey. The view was incredible at the top.

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Leading up to the trip, I was a little worried if I would make it to the Summit. I used to do this with my workouts too…always wondering if I was doing the best one and so focused on the end result. However, the best part of Kilimanjaro was not at the top. What I really enjoyed was going on a journey with great people. I learned to appreciate the simple things. I loved doing something active everyday, taking in the surroundings and not knowing what the next day would bring.  “How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia Founder)

After getting back from Kilimanjaro, I have started to put these lessons into practice. My typical Saturday is a good example of this and is also my favorite day for Madabolic classes. The day starts with a 1 mile jog to Mad with my dog Brooks. He sits patiently outside while I workout.

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The workout keeps my mind stimulated, and I never know what to expect since the intervals change everyday. The trainers (Brandon, Kirk, Cristina, Sarah, Carl, Rae and Finley) are very intentional to watch my form and make sure I am getting the most out each repetition. The music is awesome and I am energized by the atmosphere.

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I usually leave tired, breathless but also with the satisfaction of feeling like an athlete again. After I catch up with a few friends, I grab Brooks and we jog over to Atherton Mill Market. The smell from Not Just Coffee is amazing so I grab a coffee and a Bruks Bar. I talk to my favorite farmers and sometimes buy things I have never heard of like Chinese Kale :).

The afternoon may call for some bike cruising around Southend with music playing on my speakers.

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I usually have some Lord Huron, Kygo, Chvrches, Frightened Rabbit or “Beat It” by Michael Jackson going. I may have even poached a few songs from what I have heard during my workouts at Mad :). Another favorite activity is heading to the Whitewater Center for some Mt. Biking or kayaking with Brooks.

Dinner could be one of my favorite food trucks like Tin Kitchen, something healthy or making some homemade pizzas :). It just depends on what I want to enjoy most!

I usually hit the pillow at night pretty hard appreciating days like this. I am thankful for the team at Madabolic. I have a greater quality of life since starting there a few years ago.

I still get energized thinking about the next Kilimanjaro but until then…I am keeping the focus on how I climb.

Hiking

Pictures with a Story

April 16, 2016

I thought I would share a few of my favorite pictures from a trip to Africa this past January.

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Boy meets chewing gum…

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Above the clouds

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I wouldn’t come any closer

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What is that???!!

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I see you

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If you must…get my good side

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In line to the sun

Adventure, Exercise

A 10 Minute Morning Adventure

April 9, 2016

Yesterday morning I finished up a doctor’s appointment about 30 minutes earlier than I expected. As I walked out of the office I was thinking about how I missed my morning workout, and it was beautiful outside.

Usually I would have used the extra time to go get some extra work done. But as I walked out to my car I spotted a little park down the road. I decided to wander over and the below video is the end result.

 

A few pictures…

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Exercise, Hiking, Leadership

What made climbing Kilimanjaro so memorable

February 29, 2016

Summit day. 3am wake-up. We were a mixture of nervous and excited as we talked quietly over some warm oatmeal. It was very cold and pitch black dark. We had 4,000 ft left and 7 hours to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Step by step we were making progress up the mountain. It was very hard to see except for a few feet in front of you. I was breathing pretty heavy and intently focused on my steps. All the while wondering would I make to the top? Would my body adjust to the steady altitude increase? With my attention on the ground and in my thoughts, I almost forgot to look up. When I finally did I saw the sunrise to my left.

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I was so focused on getting to the top that I almost missed it. The beauty of the mountain had slowed me down, and I began reflecting on why I was on this climb. I was surprised a few moments later when I started experiencing some pretty strong emotions. I remembered all the people who had been part of “the climb” to get here – but also in my life.

I thought about my grandfather who passed away six years ago. He was the one who inspired me to be more active and live a healthier lifestyle. I thought about my family, close friends and colleagues who encouraged me to go on this trip when I struggled to make a decision. I thought about the clients and the work I care so much for. They were part of this journey with me. I was climbing for them.

I felt connected to my most important values…living with purpose, connecting with people, stretching my limits and feeling energized by possibility. I was able to do this with an awesome group of people that included some of my best friends from school. In just six days, we had also formed some special friendships with our amazing Tanzanian guides and the porters (the guys who helped carry our stuff up the mountain).

When we reached our last stop before the Summit at Gilman’s Point (18,562 ft), the taste of salty Pringles was amazing. I ate some more sour patch kids, and we all fueled up for the coldest part of the climb and our first snow.

For the first time the skies became very cloudy, and I was worried that we may not have a view at the Summit. Then as we made the ascent up the last few hundred feet, the clouds cleared and the sun came out. The air was cold, I was out of breath and my heart was pounding – I was feeling more alive that I had been in awhile.

As we walked up the last few feet to Uhuru Peak, I marveled at the sight of something I had never seen or felt before. 19,341 ft and the highest peak in Africa. For the first time in my life I could see across an entire continent. It was a special moment, and I smiled once again thinking about all the people who made the climb so memorable for me.

Below are some of my favorite highlights from the trip.

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The view

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Getting some air at the top!

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Our friend Jeff proposing at the summit to Angela…she said yes!

Our crew

Our crew on the first day

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Some kids I wanted to steal on the way up 🙂

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With our lead guide Joshua…this guy was amazing!

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Giving my boots to Felix after the trip…after seeing his ripped up shoes I figured he needed them much more than me

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Our whole crew (7 of us, 26 porters and 3 guides)

“If you want to fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

Dancing with our porters on the first morning…it seems everyone speaks Michael Jackson 🙂

How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia founder)