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!