I am an Academic Emergency Medicine Physician working at the largest Level One Trauma Center in Colorado and an urban safety net hospital serving the neediest and sickest patient population.
I am coached by Tim Crowley at TC2Coaching. I ride for Team Denver General Bike Gang (TeamDGBG). We have a philanthropic mission of supporting Wish for Wheels and through our contributions will be giving away 58 bikes to kids in need. Our sponsors at Skratch Labs, Wheatridge Cyclery, Optic Nerve, The Boulder Service Course, Panache Cyclewear, and Excel Massage have been gracious enough to help our team train and race to accomplish this.
October 8th will be my 12th Ironman and my 3rd time competing in Kona. I qualified for Kona at Ironman Canada. I compete in Ironman because I strongly believe that we become better people by continually challenging our limits. Each of us should be challenging ourselves physically, psychologically, intellectually, and without doing so we will never reach our true potential. Ironically I find iron distance racing to be more suffering than fun. The physical and mental challenge of training is incredible, the suffering is enormous, and the risk of failure is high. However, the sense of accomplishment is correlated with the amount of challenge.
Indeed, my previous 2 attempts at Kona have humbled me with my last leaving me laying on the Queen K at mile 11 of the marathon in agony from dehydration and cramping for more than an hour but I refused to quit. Somehow with the help of the incredible volunteers I was able to get back on my feet and do honor to the race by walking the rest of the way through the night to the finish in almost 16 hours.
I am thankful to have a supportive wife (Jen), two children (Annika  and Amelie ), parents (Jo and Dick), my Sister and partner (Jan and Tom), and coworkers too numerous to name who help me through the trials and tribulations of training and competing. I will be thinking of you all as I make my way across the lava fields in less than 2 weeks time.