Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2011 How to get lost, do everything wrong, be successful and find a few smiles along the way

If you define success by victories racing or what step you're at on the corporate ladder.
Please look somewhere else for your inspiration.

Victories are nice and it's hard to live with out money but all I seek out of life is a smile.


 I started the year a little banged up
I crusied through my first trail ultra in Lunas on my B-day
I was poised to star in Luna Sandals the major motion picture
(allbeit a supporting role to a monkey)

It started with 2 races on the same day Superbowl Sunday.

I picked up some  sponsorship from the fine people at the
  Stone Brewing Company
This allowed me to travel the world in backyard.
and reaped the rewards
Viva la Mexico
THe Copper Cayons were calling me
I suffored a gruesome disc golf injury playing barefoot in the cold 2 weeks prior.
It was asign of things to come
I think it gave me character 
I thought about not racing?  but I didn't want to dissapoint my fans.
(as if anything could stop me from this race)

It was the trip of a lifetime
  (if my my life had ended that week.)
I blended right in with the Tarahumara 
The Race
I went out a little fast, ate crap at mile four and spent the rest of the race sacrificing my blood to flies that ate off me as it baked in the sun.
It was a beautiful thing to be a part of.
I can't wait to return this March


The weather sucked and I was still banged up from Mexico
I ended up running the final 18 miles barefoot in the rain

I did a little  hobnobbing at the Naked foot tour
Hello Ken Bob

Ragnar relay
What the Hell is that?
I had no clue what I was getting myself into, but as long they give me a medal in the shape of abottle opener I'm game.
 things got a little weird
200 miles later we were done.

the next day it was
Time to Run naked
I actually worked here for a weekend back in 1997
Can you find my white ass?

As much as I appreciate the sign, I totally would'nt have minded if she left it at home.
The sun left it's mark
Life is good .
First place .

Earth day at the one of the Greenest breweries in the country
 Picked up some rations. and ran a local 5k with my sis.
After finishing the the race I ran back to help hydrate my sister and give her some motovation to faster.
(I am such an awesome brother! just don't ask my sister about that.)


Born 2 Run Ultramarathon 
More like Born to Get Lost!  I jumped out to early lead missed a turn and had to withdraw at the 50k mark with lead because of it.
Evolution sure picked out some strange traits to pass on.
 Welcome to Ultra Running
 Good friends and good times.

after running a  5k in the morning headed down to Delmar for the

R.O.C. Challenge
 The competition tried their best to seduce me.
I was there to win and that I did.
Victory shower from some random babe.
What a beautiful moment of serenity.


 How I missed the first 15 years of this race I don't know
 How'd that guy win the race.
After winning at Grand View race I ran straight through the finshline to my car and drove to another race that started exactly 1 hour after the first one began.
Where I also collected some hardware.
The next day it was time to relax in San Diego and watch my sister finish her first marathon.

It's not all about racing
I go to the track every once and awhile
I trained hard on the sand even got out to trail a few times
A dude's got to relax every once in awhile

Eventually it was time to get back to business
 Probally my crowning achievement of the year.  winning the Hermosa 24 and stting anew Guinness world record.

Seattle bound
I made my first voyage up to Seattle for Barefoot Ted's B-day
saw some good friends

I arrived home late on the 3rd but got early to race on the 4th
(I didn't have enough time for underwear)

Hermosa Ironman
I had to sprint to the starting line with my turd of a surfboard on my head
I arrived late starting the run stuck in the middle of the pack.  I got my ass smoked in the paddle, and almost redeemed myself with some heroic beer chugging. (finishing 3rd)
Hermosa Beach at it's best
A week later it was off to Badwater
That ground aint so hot
The sauna training payed off
 Climbing Whitney was fun
And getting my best friend through his 5th consecutive double was a joy to be a part of.
I spent my family vactaion jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge for the second year in a row.
 We stayed at the finest hotels
 Even Grandma had a great time.
Both myself and My Nephew meddled at the Hills are Alive 10k.
His very first 10k. I was very proud Uncle.
I love this city
Towns Pass 
I had  agreat time being there for Bookis as he ran 100 miles in his Luna Sandals and am proud to call him my friend.
 That dude was fast.
I was very humbled by the courage of other friends courage to set an example for his children

Back home again I ran over 160,000 centimeters without stopping.
Shoe's are overrated.  I was a litle bummed that the USATF made me wear a shirt
Posing with some Olympians


Conquer the Bridge?
Maybe if I didn't get shot along the way.
Why the Hell would I wanna got there?  Persistence Hunting, lol?
A fierce beast indeed
The missing link
Who needs weapons when you have a Sorcerer on your side
We managed to fail very successfully
I'm deffinetly not the superior runner but I bet I could beat that Antelope at Disc Golf
Marble hunting
I'll stick to the cAntelope
I was honored to run with my friends through sacred Hopi lands.
 I was humbled by the spirit of the Hopi people.

New York Trivia with Barefoot Ted
 Like a peacock spreading his tail feathers.
 Life is good
 By the time I was done running There was nobody left.  I think I ran about 34 and if the beer didn't run out I might still be going.

Hometown Fair 2011
Once again I got to run with my family but this time both Nephews entered the race.

I signed up the day before the race layed off the gas before I hurt myself and finished among the top ten dudes

Urban racing.
I had to withdraw while in the lead at mile 60 (bummer)


I sacrificed my vegan diet in the spirit of competition
 I did my best but finished 2nd.
Behold the Doughnut man.

I picked up a new sponsor for the Santa Monica 50k
What a sell out I have become.
Covered in mud blood and rain I was the prettiest dude to cross the finish line.
The coldest race I ever ran. Mid 20's at the starting line.
(of course I dressed appropriately)
Iended up in 3rd place with anew P.R. for a trail 50k.

I fit right in.
 I met the loves of my live
 Got put behind behind bars
and helped promote the worlds greatest running sandal

The Day after X-mas I won my first 1/2 marathon
The weather was beautiful and the race started in my hometown 
It was a bit lonely out in front
My Luna Sandals gave me the protection I needed to go fast.
Life's a Beach
Across the Years
scroll down to the next blog post if you wanna find out about that Debauchery.

That took way to long.
 2012 may already be over by the time your reading this.
I ran 32 races in 2011 I was injured maybe one 1/3 of year, because of this I was never at full strength.  I did the best I could with sub par training I ran less that 3,000 for the year Ideally I would to be around 4,000.  I finished the year once again injured this time with a shin splint.
(talk about a grumpy Gus)

It's about time for some positivity!
I got to go on quite a few adventures thanks mainly in part to the Luna Sandals Company and drank a lot of free beer thanks to the Stone Brewing Company.  I met so many great people, and had more wonderful experiences this year than any prior year of my life.  Thank you to all my friends and family for your support of my non conventional lifestyle.

The world is what you make of it and I'm gonna make 2012 Kick Ass.
Photo by Chelsea (I don't know her last name)


  1. Lots of crazy, fun adventures for you this year. Here's hoping for even more in 2012. Cheers!

  2. Fantastic breakdown of an awesome year. You are what every runner should be. Happy!

    BTW you met some really gorgeous women at the NYC run. *cough* Not that I am biased or anything ;)