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Born and raised in Iowa, educated as a chemist, lucky as CAN BE with a wonderful daughter, wife, and extended family, I’m a guy in the Midwest who is a bit obsessed with endurance training. I’ve lived around, including in California, Switzerland, Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana, and now Ohio. I’ve taught chemistry at various universities and have worked at three chemical companies and have done some chemistry consulting. Soon a postdoctoral researcher in synthetic organic chemistry at Ohio State University – the world’s oldest postdoc.
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa.
BS: University of Iowa, Iowa City
PhD: University of California, Berkeley
Growing up I played all kinds of sports (baseball, football, wrestling, track and field, cross country), and then as a late teen/young adult I was really into powerlifting. About fifteen years ago I entered the world of endurance sports.
Some endurance highlights:
Numerous road races including marathons.
2009 Boston Marathon.
Three iron distance triathlon finishes. (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike, marathon run)
Trail races of many distances including five 100 mile finishes.
Founded and directed, for four years, the Hawkeye 50K & 25K near Iowa City, Iowa.
Five years coaching high school cross country. I’ve also done some personal coaching.