I'm an under-sized, un-athletic guy who likes to run and bike long distances. Despite a history of problems with my heart, kidneys, asthma, and anemia, I've always loved getting outside and moving around. Halfway through college, I discovered long-distance running and began running marathons. Only a little later, I took up long-distance cycling and participated in a supported charity ride from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK.
Since then, I've gone on seven self-supported bike tours in 16 countries, logged roughly 6,000 km of backpacking, and set course records in six marathons and three ultramarathons. Currently, I'm a high school math teacher in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
I like both hiking and biking, perhaps the latter a bit more than the former.
This past summer, I hiked the southern half of the Pacific Crest Trail. Since my job only gives two months off at a time, the northern half will be completed in a later summer.
Most immediately, I'm taking part in the Austin Distance Challenge, a series of five races, each held roughly a month apart. The series begins with a 5k and works up to a marathon, with your placing determined by simply adding up your finish times. I competed in the challenge in 2008-2009 and came in 2nd. This time, I'm running to win.
For next summer, plans are uncertain. If the stars align, I'd like to do a long bike tour in Africa. Backup plans include finishing the coast-to-coast ride I started in 2017 by riding from St. Louis to Acadia National Park, or perhaps finishing the northern half of the PCT.