As a husband, a father of one, and a 18,000+ hour full-time floatplane pilot, I have had the great good fortune to travel to, work and live in some of the great places of the world. These include, but are not limited to: Minnesota, Alaska, St Croix in the US Virgin Islands, the Maldives, Thailand, Bali and the Philippines. The common factor in all of these is floatplane flying.
After years of starts and stops, I am back to trying to achieve my goal of running 100 miles. I grew up playing hockey in Northern Minnesota and didn’t really do any structured running.
About 10 years ago, I trained for and completed the St. Croix 70.3 Ironman. I found a love for road biking and didn’t develop any real running skills since I spent as much free time as I could riding my bike. My group runs there were a great introduction to the running world. Thank you to my St. Croix friends.
When I moved to Bali, Indonesia, I began concentrating on running. The bike riding there is not suited for road bikes. Running became my main form of fitness exercise. In 2012 I completed two marathons. The Bali Marathon and the Voyager Trail Marathon. Those 2 marathons opened up a new world for me. I realized that I could and can complete long distance races, but that I prefer Trail runs and races.
Getting older has made me realize I will never be a fast runner, so I am focusing my energies on longer distances. 100 miles is a natural progression in distance running, right? It should be an interesting journey. I could never attempt to train for a 100 mile race without the support of my wife.