The Every-Changing Definition of Crazy…

A brief history of my life as an endurance athlete/adventurous person…

  • In 1984, crazy was breaking my arm while jumping from the seesaw to the bottom of the slide (I was 8).
  • In 1988, crazy was running a sub-46 minute 10k (I was 12).
  • In 1989, crazy was joining the water polo team despite having never been a competitive swimmer (I was in 9th grade).
  • In 1994, crazy was riding my first metric century (63 miles). I was one day shy of 18.
  • in 1996, crazy was riding my first full century, on my mountain bike…
  • In 1997, crazy was doing my earliest traditional rock climbing leads.
  • In 1998, crazy was leading my hardest sport route to date (Power Point, 5.11d/12a at Pinnacles).
  • In 1999, crazy was dropping my attempt to hike the John Muir Trail in order to climb for 10 days in Yosemite Valley.
  • In 2000, crazy was completing 76 boulder problems in one day at the Buttermilks (outside of Bishop, CA).
  • In 2001, crazy was completing my first double metric century bike ride (125+ miles) unsupported.
  • In 2005, crazy was doing my first triathlon (the Sentinel Triathlon in Santa Cruz).
  • In 2006, crazy was doing my first double century bike ride (200 miles, Eastern Sierra Double).
  • In 2007, crazy was completing the California Triple Crown (three double centuries in one year).
  • In 2008, crazy was riding the HooDoo 500 solo (a 518 mile race through southern Utah) in under 48 hours.
  • In 2009, crazy was completing my first Ironman Triathlon (Ironman New Zealand).
  • In 2011, crazy is completing the American River 50 Mile Run (Sacramento to Auburn).

Crazy changes, the challenge stays with you for life!

About admin

Hi, my name is Mike and I'm addicted to endurance sports. It's the good sort of addiction. You know, the kind that gives you: killer calves, a resting heart rate in the upper 40s, and the ability to eat whatever you want without gaining weight (at least during peak training!).
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