My First Stair Workout in Seven Months

September 20, 2020

Woohoo! I’m back on the stairs!

It’s been, oh, seven months since I’ve had a good workout on the stairs. I’ve missed it. When the pandemic first started flaring up, all my upcoming stair races got cancelled. All the gyms in my state were forced to Read the rest of this entry »


It Took More Than 100 Miles, But I’ve Finished My Hiking Challenge!

August 30, 2020

Here’s the face of a happy camper, standing in a park in Richmond, Michigan:

How did I end up in Richmond? I walked there! It as the end of a months-long pandemic challenge – a quest to hike the entire length of a trail that spans two counties. And I made it! Read the rest of this entry »


My First Post… From My New House!

July 26, 2020

Hello, everyone! Greetings from my new home!

I moved in a few weeks ago, and between preparing for the move, and all the stuff that’s come after, it seems like I’ve been busy forever. Earlier today, my father and I removed the bathroom mirror in the above photo from the wall and rehung it ten inches higher, because that bathroom was not designed for Read the rest of this entry »


JJ and Fawns and Shrimp and What the Heck is That Bird?

July 5, 2020

There’s lots of animals to blog about, and I’m going to start with my favorite: JJ! I used my parent’s Jacuzzi to unwind after a challenging step workout, and JJ was very curious about it.

I think he would have gotten in had I let him! A week earlier, JJ decided Read the rest of this entry »


My First Race in Four Months!

June 28, 2020

One of the things I miss most right now is stair racing. Thanks to the pandemic, stair races are pretty much done for the time being, and I don’t know when they’re coming back… or when I’ll feel comfortable racing again anyway. I did have a race experience recently, though – with a bib and everything!

Good ol’ lucky number 41088! The race was Read the rest of this entry »


I Haven’t Blogged During the Past Few Weeks, But That’s Because I Bought a House!

June 21, 2020

Hey gang! It’s been three weeks since I’ve posted anything on here, and it’s because my mind and energy has been focused on a very exciting development: I BOUGHT A HOUSE! 

It’s a cute little ranch in a Detroit suburb called Troy, about 25 minutes from where I’m currently living. I picked up the keys last weekend. I’ll share some pics throughout this post, but I’m starting with the craziest part of the story: I made an offer on the house without ever stepping foot inside.  Read the rest of this entry »


JJ and I Have Hiked A 47-Mile Route Over the Past Few Months!

May 31, 2020

There’s some old railroads in my area that have been converted into hiking trails, and JJ and I have been hitting portions of these trails during many of our weekends over the past few months. It occurred to me recently that if JJ and I targeted a couple specific areas, than we will have cumulatively covered a continuous stretch of trail that’s 47 miles long! That became a new goal… and I reached that goal on Sunday.

Check it out: We’ve covered this entire 23.5-mile trail, twice! (There and back.) 

(Click on the map to see it bigger.)

Most of the trail is called Read the rest of this entry »


A Story About A Bridge

April 5, 2020

I’ve got a story about a bridge to share. The bridge isn’t as impressive as the huge suspension bridge I raced over, or even the bridge I set out to find in Omaha, but a bridge is a bridge. For an infrastructure nerd like me, every bridge is worth a visit.

Before I get into that, though, I wanted to share a few words about my friend Richard Simmons. He’s Read the rest of this entry »


Still Breaking Records on My Bowflex Max Trainer!

March 25, 2020

I’ve had my Bowflex Max Trainer for five and a half years. You could technically round that up to a decade! (But I won’t.) It’s an excellent piece of cardio equipment, and I love it as much now as I ever have. It’s a cross between an elliptical and a stair machine, and it really gets my heart rate going and engages all the muscles I use during my stair races.

One of my favorite Max Trainer pictures, from 2015.

Of course I brought my Max Trainer with me to Michigan when I moved last year, and Read the rest of this entry »


35 Races Done. I’m in the Home Stretch of My #40years40races Challenge!

October 6, 2019

Only FIVE races left!

I turned 40 in March and, in honor of my milestone birthday, I challenged myself to compete in 40 races in 2019. Do I have a hashtag? Of course I do! It’s #40years40races!

Before the Crim 5-mile race in Flint. More on this race below!

I gotta be completely honest: Read the rest of this entry »