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My Races

Never too old to be average at something new

I am still a work in progress, but I am proud of where I am today. I have raised 2 boys, established a rewarding career, and worked a lot on myself as a person. 

I used to brag about friends who were cycling epic distances, running ultramarathons, or taking on other physically demanding events. I felt like I could never keep up with these superhumans who were able to balance life, family, work, hobbies, and exercise.

Until one day after thinking my usual, "Wow. I could never do that!" I finally joined my friends in asking, "Why not?" 

It was easy to start dabbling in adventure on a different scale when 98% of the people around me said, "Of course you can!" So here are a few examples of what's transpired since then.

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I'm proud of these things that I've done
(AKA the brag page)

2022 Vermont 50 Ultramarathon Relay

Maybe one day I'll run the entire thing, but in 2022 I ran 20 miles as part of a 2-person team with Shan.

2022: 24-hours of Great Glen Mountain Bike Race

I finished this 24-hour MTB race in NH as part of a 2-person team with my friend Katie

2022: South to North USA Crossing

Shan and I completed a traverse of the entire East Coast on the trail network called the East Coast Greenway in order to bring awareness to the East Coast Greenway Alliance

2021: Erie Canal Trail Traverse

My first bike-supported run (Me on the bike, Shan on foot).  Nearly 400 miles over 9 days.

Many times since 2010: Vermont 50 Mountain Bike Race

A MTB race I've done 11 times - with finish times ranging from under 7 hours (thanks to Coach Wenzel - my cycling partner - who whipped my lazy butt into shape) to nearly 11 hours (after Hurricane Irene and a week of rain leading up to the race - I wanted to drop, but hung in there and pushed that damn bike through shin-deep mud. And no, I'm not happy I finished, it was not rewarding at all)

Vermont 200 on 100

Twice!  First time I did this with Heather in 3 days, and the second time we recruited another cycling friend, Val, to join us for a 2-day traverse.

2021: Bel Monte 50K Endurance Race

In 2021 I ran my very first ultra marathon.  I had overtrained and ended up with some extremely sore hip flexors and groin muscles. I hobbled the last few miles because my knees couldn't handle running without buckling. I smiled the entire time.

2023: Bel Monte 25K Endurance Race

In 2023 I had planned to come back and run the 50K as training for a 50-miler.  Unfortunately, in trying to avoid injury again, I didn't get enough training.  I was able to pull off the 25K, though, finishing 2nd in my age group! I also fell on the descent and got a nice rush of adrenaline

2021: Bob's Big Timber Backyard Ultramarathon

Shan introduced me to the backyard ultra, last man standing race. Every hour, on the hour, runners start a 4.167-mile loop.  They have to finish within the hour or DNF.  Last man standing wins. 24 hours/laps = 100 miles. My best so far is when I timed out on the 9th lap.

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