I checked off another segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trails this morning with amazing simultaneous vistas of the Bay and Pacific Ocean. Along the way I came across this cool monument that was apparently the place early explorers stood when they discovered the Bay in 1769.
With a mix of emotions, I announce that my family is moving to CA in just a few short days. Read the full announcement on Medium.
Hyperlapse is a fun new app from the folks at Instagram (or Facebook) that allows you to produce incredibly smooth time lapse videos. Not exactly sure how I would use this app yet, I experimented with it by recording a bicycle and motorcycle commute along the Tennessee back roads.
I love TED Talks. An amazing things happen when you put smart people in a room together and let them share ideas. Those ideas create conversations, which leads to action and progress towards a better world. On March 7th, I will be in Vancouver to attend a similar event called FEAT ("Fascinating Expedition & Adventure Talks"). However, this event is narrowly focused on sharing stories from adventurers and inspiring others to embark on expeditions themselves.
How do you describe to others what you do? My recent career transition has led many acquaintances (and some family members) to ask, "so, what is it you do EXACTLY?" This ubiquitous cocktail party question, within a single sentence, determines whether the inquisitor is interested in continuing the conversation; or begins plotting their escape route out of the conversation.
Long before the sun began to rise, I found myself sitting on the peak of a trail overlooking the city of Spring Hill. To my left are the shimmering lights of the city below, barely stirring. To my right is an array of unspoiled majestic rolling hills, iconic to the state of Tennessee. My intention this morning was to deliver a freshly brewed Thermos of coffee to my friends on the graveyard shift of a 12-hour prayer ministry our church was hosting. But life doesn’t always happen as you expect.
Last week I intended to head out for a fun trail run and bike ride along the trace. However, after unsuccessfully trying every bike shop in town to find a set of Bar Mitts to combat temperatures in the low 20's, I instead decided to shelve the idea of biking in that weather altogether. Or at least until I was more prepared for it (I about froze my fingers off on a similar ride a few weeks ago). Instead, I decided to explore some trails around the Williamsport Lake area. These trails were magnificently rugged, winding around the park through a series horse paths (green blazes), deer trails (pink marking tape) and jeep roads. Forget trying to PR on any of these trails; keeping track of it is challenging enough! I will most certainly be frequenting this area again for my spring training.
While my running accomplishments from 2013 were limited, amidst a few disappointing setbacks I did manage to complete both my first century (100 mile) bike ride, as well as a 30 hour adventure race; checking off two (non-running) events from my bucket list.