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 took up long-distance running and discovered bike touring.
Since then, I've gone on self-supported bike tours in 16 countries, logged roughly 6,000 km of backpacking, and set course records in six marathons and four ultramarathons. Currently, I'm a high school math teacher in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
This spring, I competed in a series of ultramarathons known as the Texas Trail Championship. In short, I ran four races, each of them 100 km or longer, and won 1st place in three of them. Some of these wins came against professionally sponsored athletes. The final standings aren't yet official, but it appears I have an insurmountable lead in the series, making me, by at least one measure, the currently-most-decorated ultramarathon runner in Texas.
This summer, the plan is to finish the Pacific Crest Trail by hiking the northern half, picking up where I left off at Burney Falls State Park in 2018.
Every summer, I disappear on another long distance hiking/biking trip. It's a great system, because by the end of the school year, you're thinking, "I need to get the hell outta here." But by the end of the summer, you start to think, "Teaching isn't so bad; there's air conditioning and you get to shower every day." And then your whole life feels like a vacation.
Here's a video of the Western Wildlands Route, a bikepacking tour I did a few summers ago: