2019 Fat Bike World Champion
2015 XTERRA World Champion
14X XTERRA National Champion
8X North American Snowshoe Champion
10-Time Go Pro Mountian Games Champion
What motivates you?
Describe your first bike.
I wanted a moped, but it was too expensive so I settled for a bike. It was a turning point. I didn’t fall in love with biking, but it definitely fostered some grit. The first bike I purchased with my own money was a Bianchi touring bike. I was 15 and needed transportation 30 miles round trip for a summer job.
MY NUTRITION PLAN
During the three days before a race I make sure that my carbohydrate intake is adequate. I know a lot of people have stepped away from the traditional carbo loading approach, but carbo-loading is an important part of my pre-race routine and it has worked well for me in the past. Typically I try to get my carbohydrates from a variety of sources such as oats, pasta, cereals, bread, rice, fruit, juice, potatoes, dairy, beans, etc. I have tried for as much as 10 grams per kilogram before although I will admit that is a bit excessive. Some of my pre-race favorites are vegetarian mexican food and the old standby–spaghetti. I am always sure to top it off with a late bowl of cereal or ice cream.
Oatmeal is my go-to pre-race breakfast–either old fashioned oats or the instant oatmeal packets which are also easy to make up in hotel rooms. Sometimes I will add yogurt and/or a banana. Additionally I will consume water bottle with 1.5 scoops of EFS-PRO. I try to consume my pre-race meal 2-3 hours before race start.
Between my pre-race meal and race start I will usually consume 1 more water bottle of EFS-PRO.
On the bike I will take one water bottle with 1.5 scoops of EFS-PRO and I will start drinking early in the bike. I will try to have it gone by the first aid station where I will take 1 water bottle. For the remainder of the bike leg I will consume half of an EFS Liquid Shot which amounts to 200 calories along with water from the aid station. I have the flask taped to my top tube and once I grab it I will put it in my jersey back pocket.
During the run:
During the run I will usually carry the EFS Liquid Shot flask in my hand and take a sip at the aid stations along with a swallow of water.
I try to have a bottle with two scoops of Ultragen waiting for me to drink within 30 minutes.
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
A few years ago, I was traveling for back-to-back XTERRA races in the Dominican Republic and then Mexico. While in Mexico I got very sick and spend 2 days in bed, thinking it was Montezuma’s Revenge. The day before the race, I had someone else pick up my packet and mustered up all of my energy to put my race number on my bike and set out my shoes for the race. At midnight, a medical student suspected I might have appendicitis and after a couple manual tests they decided to take me immediately to the hospital in Guadalajara. The race director actually drove me in the middle of the night and missed the start of his own race, amazing guy. The twisty drive down the mountain was about 2 hours and I checked in and had emergency appendectomy the next morning. I was very fortunate to have a supportive XTERRA family to help me out. Six weeks later and one organ lighter, I won the Pan American Championship in the closest finish in XTERRA history, 7 hundredths of a second in front of Braden Currie.
If you had to pick only one First Endurance product to use, which one would it be, what flavor and why?
Optygen was the original First Endurance product, and the first one I tried. With my sometimes-chaotic lifestyle, rest and recovery are often neglected. Overreaching and overtraining are an issue for me and Optygen is great for adrenal support. This was validated for me when a local over-trained athlete was prescribed the same key adaptogenic ingredients found in Optygen.
How did you get started in the sport?
My background is distance running, although I never had the success I desired. Following an unfulfilled college running career, I continued to push myself and discover new endurance sports. My first XTERRA was in Keystone and I side-stroked the swim, barely survived the mountain bike, and suffered terribly on the run. Professional racing has always been a way for me to discover my potential as an athlete.
What’s been the highlight of your race career?
No doubt winning the XTERRA World Championship in 2015 was the pinnacle of my professional racing career, but let me tell you about a more pivotal one.
In 2001, my wife Ingrid and I had been living in Vail for a year, loving the lifestyle and community, but barely scraping by. We had $75 in a joint checking account and that was our entire savings. There was a race called the North American Snowshoe Championship in Beaver Creek and it boasted a big prize purse. I was able to get off work last minute and pulled off a surprise come-from-behind win, outsprinting half a dozen athletes through the final powder section. We wouldn’t have stayed another season in Colorado without that win.
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you.
Probably a guitar and unicycle, so I could make up for lost time.
If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?
Flying for sure. I have always had dreams of flying and I even tried to build a hang glider when I was about 12. I’m glad it never got to the testing stage.