2 Hour Window

Today Max and I got all geared up in our ski clothes and headed to Beaver Creek.  We didn’t take a single run.  Instead we opted for an afternoon of lunch and ice-skating.

Beaver Creek resort offers free parking in their close-in parking structures for up to two hours time.  Presumably this window is meant to provide dining and shopping opportunities to those not wanting to partake in the 1800 plus skiable acres of runs, trails or terrain parks.  For Max and I, it was just enough time to grab a sandwich and hit the ice. Continue reading

Day Two

This morning was day two for Max and me.  He had his second day of Ski School and I had my second day up all year.  Max is off to a good start and loving his time on the mountain.  I am off to a slow start but happy to be back on my snowboard none the less.

After several days of new snow, the sun came out today.  The sky was blue, the temperature warm and the weekday crowds were light.   Continue reading

VAIL: A Great Place To Be A Dad

Over the past three weeks I have had the opportunity to sit on the sidelines as Mother Natures continues to dump snow seemingly daily on the White River National Forest and more specifically Vail Mountain.  While I most certainly have missed my time on the slopes, the change of pace has provided additional time outdoors with my kids, enjoying the winter in full on Dad mode. Continue reading

Lesson Learned

Two weeks ago Vail Mountain opened with impressive early season snow totals and the promise of tremendous November ski conditions.  Like every season, I was anxious to get up for a few runs.  After attending a mandatory meeting at the firehouse, I geared up and made the short walk towards the Vista Bahn Express lift and my first turns of the season.  I opted for the snowboard with the hope of finding some fresh snow stashed somewhere within accessible terrain.  It was a nice day, not lonely but not crowded.  The snow looked to be as promised and in great condition.  I took the Vista Bahn straight to Chair 4 and then to Northwoods.  My first run of the season was an easy cruiser to the bottom of Chair 11.  It felt great to be back out on the hill again.  Continue reading

The Results are in…

Here are my results from the Bolder Boulder this week end.  It was an amazing experience and the kick off event for my Team First Descents 10.10.10 fundraiser campaign.  50,000 plus took part in the event with countless others joining in the party.  I enjoyed the race so much I actually ran the course twice!  The first to post a time and the second to enjoy the crowd and the experience.  Then it was off to the EVOL Burrito tent for some nourishment and time with the First Descents Crew.  Thanks to Boulder, Colorado and all the people that created such an unforgettable race and event.  See you again next year!  Next up TEVA Games!  If you’re interested in finding out more about 10.10.10 or Team First Descents, please visit the First Descents website and click the 10.10.10 link.  Thanks for your support.  Get Inspired!

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Justification

It is funny how we get to where we are today; the experiences that shape us, the people that influence us.  Major global events and significant personalities, though powerful in the moment, often fade in persuasion as time passes, while small occurrences and ordinary people sometimes possess tremendous power and provide life altering memories.  This is the story of three ordinary people whose extraordinary lives have provided inspiration and urgency and have brought forth what is to this day the most important and difficult challenge of my life. Continue reading

What’s your Resolution?

Here is mine…

2010 Schedule -

3/13 – America’s Uphill, Aspen, CO (50:29, 8th place out of 262)

5/31 – Bolder Boulder, Boulder, CO (41:36, 852 place out of 50,000 plus)

6/5-6/6 – Teva Games Ultimate Mountain Challenge, Vail, CO (2nd Place)

6/25-6/27 – Adventure TEAM Challenge, Leadville, CO

7/4 – Fire Cracker 50 Mtn Bike Race, Breckenridge, CO

7/17 – XTerra Mountain Championships, Beaver Creek, CO

7/25 – Ironman Lake Placid, Lake Placid, NY

8/14 – Leadville 100, Leadville, CO

8/27-8/28 – SCOTT Fire Fighter Challenge, Vail, CO

10/9-10/10 – 24 Hours of Moab, Moab, UT

11/4 – New York City Marathon, New York, NY

And then some…  To view my calendar click here.

All for First Descents!  More to come so stay tuned!

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NYC for Grassroots Soccer

In my life I have run one marathon.  It was the final leg of the 2004 Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI and it was one of the hardest, most painful things I have ever done.  Eight miles into that race my body began to send signals to my brain that it may be time to stop.  The communication was gentle, insisting that it was OK.  I had made a valient effort and to quit would mean no shame.  It was a hard race.  People would understand.  Continue reading