Archive for June, 2011

Benefit Climb

// June 30th, 2011 // 1 Comment » // Climbing, Events

This past Friday I had the honor of climbing with a group of wonderful people up Mt Lincoln in Colorado to its 14,286′ summit.  The climb was a benefit and fundraiser for the epilepsy foundation and served as a great way to meet new people and serve a few who don’t often get a chance like this.  We had a great day, raised some money, got in shape, made some new friends, and opened some doors.

Check out music by Eric Peters and also –

Breaking Away

// June 29th, 2011 // 1 Comment » // Uncategorized

One of my favorite movies is Breaking Away.  The one where a college cutting cyclist decides to pretend he is Italian in order to get the pretty girl.  One of my favorite scenes is when he gets behind a semi-truck and works his way up to fifty miles per hour.  Well today as I rode to the mailbox I had a Breaking Away moment.  It was the coolest cycling moment I have had in a while.  (I share this not to brag, because I am a very average rider, but rather to encourage you to get out and look for opportunities to have fun even if you are just getting the mail)  As I merged off the bike path and onto the road I timed it just right to sync with a dump truck that was getting up to speed.  I hopped on his back bumper and proceeded to draft for 2 miles through the flat part of town doing 40 mph.  It was twice as fast as I would normally be able to ride.  So when the truck turned off and sped away I kept my speed going as best I could and flew past another cyclist like he was standing still.  Just I as had met the truck at the perfect time, he left at the perfect time enabling me to pass at super-sonic speed.  It was the best feeling to blow by someone working so hard, someone who also had no idea how I had gotten up to speed.  The person must of thought I was the fastest biker on the planet.  It made me smile all the way home – and in fact I am still smiling about that one.  If you had a Breaking Away moment today I’d love to hear about it.

The Pace-line (in honor of bike to work day)

// June 22nd, 2011 // No Comments » // Advice, Cycling

Are you feeling deflated, cold, lonely, as if the ride is all uphill with no sign of relief?  Join the crowd.  Really, join in.  So many times we try to do things on our own, under our own strength and find our motivation lacking, the hill too long and too steep, the battle too hard.  What we really need is to let go of a little pride and find a pace-line to join.  In doing this we take turns cutting through the wind, we can find a place in the slipstream to regain some energy and strength in the legs.  It is seldom that the solo breakaways make it to the finish line first for the victory, but those that learn to ride in concert with others ride faster and last longer.  It works in cycling so why wouldn’t it work for me if I happen to be battling cancer, struggling with alcoholism, lapsing in my faith, or just plain wanting to give up?  The best support I have found is when I find others that are stronger, that lift me up, until I am strong enough to support the ones needing my help.  At first maybe I am not the one to lead the pace-line, but just finding my place inside a strong group until I find my riding (or character/resolve) has been elevated to the point where I can now lead.

With today being bike to work day and gas costing close to $4/gallon, a lot of people are probably going to try to make a resolution to start riding/commuting everyday.  Certainly a good thing to do for health, finances, and environment, but many will find it hard to keep this going for much more than a week.  The best thing we could do to help us with our resolve is to invite others into the pace-line.  This is the cyclist’s version of car-pooling and with a little accountability we can keep each other “back in in the saddle” (check out iMap My Ride for a great way to share ride info with others).

“Two are better than one for they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up…Though one can be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Happy Father’s Day

// June 17th, 2011 // No Comments » // Advice, Leadership, Reflections

My Little Melons

As a fairly new dad with twin daughters I am constantly living in a fog and state of flux, and I find it hard to look forward, set goals and priorities.  One of my top priorities is to be a good dad to my girls.  I was going to write a note about father’s day and how important dad’s are, when I received this great e-mail from my friend Bob Shueman (Coach Shue) with The Gathering  Thanks Bob for these great words and this reflection.

- As we approach Father’s Day…I encourage you to reflect on:  Your role as a father in the lives of your children and/or the role of your dad in your life.

Happy Father’s Day     Coach Schue

5 Things Fathers Do Best*

Fathers teach us empathy
Fathers give us confidence
Fathers increase our vocabulary
Fathers protect us from crime & violence
Fathers promote better treatment of women

This Father’s Day, instead of handing dad another tie, thank him for making a difference in your life-in ways you may not have known about…until now.

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. Billy Graham

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

Charles Wadsworth

* Focus on the Family


The REAL Job of Dads        by Tim Stafford 

A dad’s primary, underlying job isn’t control. It’s to validate every one of his children.
To validate means to let your child know over and over and over, through words and actions, that the following are true:
“Hey, you exist and you matter to me.”
“You’re good enough.”
“You’re an okay kid.”
Psychotherapists sometimes talk about the looking-glass-self principle. It’s the idea that children get their earliest, most lasting impressions of who they are from what’s reflected back to them by their parents.

The best time to begin validating is the day you bring your baby home from the hospital. Parenting a teenager begins when he or she is born. 

When he or she is born. Really.


But it’s never too late to start. Do it often enough to cut a record in your teen’s jukebox that says, “I’m okay. I’m good enough.” If you can do that, trying to compensate with control won’t be such a temptation.

Read the article here:


Want to be a better dad?….Be a Good Husband First Jim Daly

It is no secret that parenting can be difficult. The secret to being a good dad is being a GREAT husband. Your children are constantly watching your relationship with your wife. As your children observe your marriage relationship, they’ll learn about respect and about what is important to mom and dad.

+ Have a regular quiet time as a couple
+ Regularly share deeply about life’s experiences.
+ Weekly Date the kids how much you value your spouse.


Have a Happy Father’s day!  “A good man obtains favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 12:2

Bible Slap

// June 16th, 2011 // No Comments » // Getting biblical

We all need one once in a while, that is to get hit over the head with a dose of truth in our lives.  Sometimes this comes from my wife or a close friend, but mostly I get this when I spend time in the old book – The Bible.  If you read my blog (thanks mom) you might be expecting to find stories of adventure and adversity, and I hope to keep them coming (at least the adventure parts) and the last thing I want to do is make people feel as though they are victims of the “bait and switch.”  I want to take this opportunity to say this is the way it is, you are not being hit over the head by a Bible banger, nor receiving a Bible Slap as though you just turned a corner into a fist in the face, rather insight from a book which is God’s word, which He says is living and active and still as relevant today as ever.  When I come across a portion of scripture that impacts my life I want to share it because I know the power that is in it.

I like to be inspired and like to think that I have the ability to inspire others, but if I can’t inspire myself to get off my butt or do the right thing, how can I expect to live  a life that may serve to inspire others.  Let me just say I don’t inspire myself too much, but I do get inspiration from my time in the Bible and from others who are out there “getting after it.”  It keeps me on track by challenging me to live in a more Christ-like manner.  “My son, keep my words and treasure my commands within you.”  Proverbs 7:1  I just got slapped.  I have not been the best at doing this, and to be a better husband, father and friend I want to cling to these words of wisdom and power.  Today’s challenge – go get slapped by some truth in your life.

Looking Past the 8 Ball

// June 11th, 2011 // No Comments » // Advice, Events

Recently I had the opportunity to watch some of the craziness of the Teva Mountain Games.  One of the events, called 8 Ball,  is like a demolition derby on water.
In watching this event it made me think of life and the goals I set for myself and how at times those goals are seemingly impossible because of the obstacles that threaten to derail me.  In fact at times I find myself more focused on the obstacles than on the goal itself.  In 8 Ball Kayaking the goal is to be the first across the finish line with the least number of bruises.  From what I could discern it was not just the fastest kayaker that would win, but the one that had a little strategy and was able to focus downstream and not on the attackers.  The winners seemed to have the ability to keep the 8 Balls in their peripheral vision and paddle right through them staying focused more on the gaol than the obstacle.  This week I want to renew my vision and focus more on my goals, really going after them and focus less on the 8 Balls that threaten to turn me over.  I know the obstacles will still be there and that they need attention, but I will not let them dominate my focus or my attention.  Paddle on!


Come Climb Mt. Lincoln for Epilepsy

// June 7th, 2011 // No Comments » // Climbing, Events

June 23 & 24th

I invite you to join me and a group of others to climb Mounts Lincoln (14,286′) and Democrat (14,148′) to raise awareness for epilepsy and people with neurological disorders.  The climb will benefit and the epilepsy foundation – to give follow this link:

This is a casual gathering and fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation. Come climb a peak with me and my friend John Olson who has struggled with a siezure disorder and if you like give a donation of $1 to $1,000,000. We will car camp near the lake, but feel free to get a hotel in Frisco or Breckenridge and meet us on the trail.  Kite Lake Trailhead:
Highway 9 to Alma then West on Park County 8 Buckskin Pass Road (just behind the post office) drive as far as the snow allows.  Alma, Colorado Thursday, June 23 at 4:00pm - June 24 at 2:00pm or meet us by 7 a.m. at the trailhead the morning of the 24th.
Hope to see you then.


Teva Mountain Games Turn It Upside Down

// June 4th, 2011 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

Up the Creek

This weekend the Teva Mountain Games are in town.  Elite athletes from around the world have ascended upon Vail for events in Kayaking, climbing, biking, paddle-boarding, running, fly-fishing and even Fido-fetching.  I have been out getting pictures of the events and when I do it turns my stomach upside-down.  Part of me wants to compete and part of me becomes dumbfounded by what people are capable of doing.  The sports and athletes have progressed, forcing me to ask myself the question – have I?  I have ridden a bike all of my life passionately but I will never be able to do a backflip tailwhip like the 15 year old kid in the video.  I guess what these games really do is inspire me to go out and push myself beyond the limits I have set for myself and discover new possibilities where before I saw none.  Maybe the old dog can learn a new trick if he keeps trying.

If you want to see some of this come up to Vail for the weekend, it runs thru Sunday.  You will have a good time.

Hanging Out

On a Wire

Having A Ball


Flipping Out at Teva

Farewell to A Friend

// June 2nd, 2011 // No Comments » // Skiing

While climbing in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru last summer with my friend Erik, I met a super nice person named Kipp Garre.  Kipp was travelling with a few other well known skiers who would be seeking some steep first descents in this high range.  The thing that first struck me about Kipp was his kind and humble nature – no attitude and in no hurry to boast of his accomplishments or goals, just as interested in others and what they were doing as he was in his own pursuits.  Sadly on that trip Kipp lost one of his team members, Arne Backstrom, in a ski accident when he fell 1,500 feet to his death.  It was certainly heartbreaking and we met Kipp again after our climb as we all travelled back to the US together.  Kipp was certainly an up and coming star in the world of extreme, or “big mountain” skiing” and even made the cover of a recent ski publication.  He was a Mountain Hardwear sponsored athlete but most notably he was just a great guy and I looked forward to the day that our paths would cross again, hopeful that we may be able to make some ski descents together.  Just recently I got the sad news that this fellow skier and lover of the mountains has lost his life in those mountains.  Kipp and his girlfriend Allison Kruetzen were found at the bottom of Split Couloir south of Bishop, California burried in an avalanche.  My prayers go out to the family and friends of Kipp and Allison as they suffer this loss.  Kipp has inspired me in the short moments where I got to know him to be a better skier, but more importantly, to keep it in check and be a better person.