Rojo The Llama

If you’re in the Portland area, you may have heard of Rojo The Llama. He’s the coolest llama you’ll ever meet. I got to meet him today. Unfortunately, Rojo is retiring after 17 years as a therapy llama, so if you haven’t already met him, now is the time.

Night Owl Writer

While I like to talk about the times when I have a solid early morning routine, getting up pre-dawn, going for a run, and getting some writing done, all before the sun rises, there are periods when this just simply doesn’t happen. This is one of those times. I have to admit that since our second daughter came along a …

Trickle Charge It

Did you know that if your car battery gets drained that you may need to use a trickle charger to recharge it, rather than by jumping it or using a fast charger? Me neither. Thanks to the helpful dude at O’Riley’s I didn’t need to return my 18-month old battery. It just needed a slow, overnight charge.

When Streaking Becomes Stressful

As I have talked about ad nauseam around this blog, I love streaking. Streaking is a huge motivation for me, and it’s many times one of the biggest motivating factors for me. Sometimes, though, the stress of a streak can grow too much. Well, not the stress of the streak itself, but the stress of “oh my gawd, I have …

Mental Toughness

It seems like in today’s culture there’s a hack for just about everything. As David Goggins describes in Can’t Hurt Me, there’s no shortcut to creating a tough mind. You have to do the things you don’t want to do. Period. Essentially, you have to do the hard work. Just like you have to do lots of hard work to …

Google Earth Pro

If you’re a race director and don’t already use Google Earth Pro to map out your courses and venues, you should. Google Earth Pro is an amazingly powerful, free piece of software from Google. It’s essentially an ├╝ber souped up version of Google Maps, but that’s not even a fair description. In Google Earth Pro you can view all satellite …

The Starbucks Secret

Have to ever walked up to a Starbucks hoping to grab a quick cup of coffee, only to find a long line waiting for you? Pro tip: order from the mobile app. When you order from the mobile app, your order prints out from a little receipt printer behind the counter and someone will usually pull the order right off …

Family First

I’ve always been a head-down-get-the-shit-done kind of guy when work needs to happen. When deadlines loom, I’ll pull an all day or all night, or all day and night marathon to make sure everything is done on deadline. Working these intense sessions usually meant paying less attention to everything else in my life. That’s a lot harder to do when …

Finding a new, new normal

After my wife and I had our first child it was an adjustment to life with a little one around the house. Our day jobs stayed the same, and just about everything else did too, except for one big change: a kid. We suddenly had to worry about feeding times, diaper changes, nap times, and car seats. And a lot …

This Half Is So Easy

Here’s to hoping that race directing an Ironman 70.3 event is as “easy” as competing in a an Ironman 70.3 event. Photo credit: Dan Gross, IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur D’Alene.