About Me

A little bit about me! Apart from running and triathlons, I’m a pretty active individual. My wife is an avid runner as well and we love being able to run and race together. Now that our family is growing, we’ve managed to instill the love of the outdoors in our daughter and one of her favorite things to do is get in the running stroller on the weekend.

I’m a frequent traveler for work and play. I’m also an avid SCUBA diver. And I won’t lie, I’m a big geek, which isn’t a surprise for a Red Hat employee. My hobbies are really too numerous to list and my wife is convinced my actual hobby is to collect hobbies. She’s probably onto something.

Running & Triathlon

In 2008 I decided to take up running to get my weight back under control. It was something I stuck with fairly well over the years but it was really back in 2013 when I decided to take up triathlon that fitness really cemented itself in my life. I’ve always been an avid cyclist, something I can thank my dad for, and I got really excited about integrating cycling into my weekly training. It didn’t take long before I was working my way to longer and longer distances. I’ve done multiple full Ironman races and even more half-Ironman. At this point, I’m game for anything, as long as it’s hard! Not ultras though. One 50 mile run is enough for me.

Since moving to New Orleans, I’ve joined a couple different groups that really help me keep my training moving in the right direction. My triathlon team is BNG Endurance and I love having people to train with, bounce ideas off of, and do races with. I’m also part of the Semi-Tough Cycling Club and riding with them is one of the big reasons I think I’ve gotten so much faster on the bike since I moved here.

Travel & Food

I want to eat my way around the world. I’ve been all over the world for work and play and in my opinion one of the best ways to experience a culture is eat where they eat. I love trying new things and visiting new places. That’s probably why my wife and I get along so well. Traveling is also a great excuse to go for a run in an entirely new place. Or schedule a race in an entirely new place.

Melanie and I are also pretty avid cooks at home and we’re willing to pit our meals against anyone. Sometimes it’s not always easy to cook a complex meal with a little one running around but we’ve gotten pretty good at cooking things quickly!

Scuba Diving


I live in New Orleans now but there is one thing I miss about Florida and that’s easy access to diving. I’ve been diving for over 2 decades now and it’s probably my first passion. On ever cruise I’ve ever done, I only dive at every stop. I plan whole trips around where I’m going to dive. When I’m underwater I feel like I’m on an entirely different planet. I could definitely lose myself beneath the waves. There’s really nothing more relaxing to me than just drifting along with the current over a coral reef.

 

Home Automation

Did I mention I’m a huge geek? I have been slowly working on automating my home. While I’m using a standard, off-the-shelf hub, I bought one with an easily accessible API. I did this because for the past few years, I’ve been writing all of the automation using Drools Fusion and integrating all of the various pieces with Camel routes. It all runs on a few Raspberry Pis. This is really just something I do for fun and because I can. Also, I’m pretty proud of it because it actually works really well!

 

And the rest…

I could go on. I love reading, skiing, and gaming to name a few more hobbies but it’s hard to fit it all in. I would say the only other thing that I’m really into outside of hobbies is Getting Things Done by David Allen. It’s definitely something that I would say defines the way I go about my day to day and I’m quite religious about it.