Do you collect anything?
I collect a lot of garbage along trails and trailheads… does that count? Actually, I do still have a large plastic tote full of sports cards from the ’80s and early ’90s. I plan to eventually retire to a tropical paradise with my mint condition Shaq rookie cards.
What is your most unusual talent?
I’m like MacGyver in the kitchen. I can make peach cobbler with a cherry glaze using leftover birthday cake or make a vegan tiramisu with burnt cashews and a can of coconut milk.
What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
The easy answer would be one of the thousand times I’ve put myself in sketchy situations in the mountains, but truthfully, having kids was the most terrifying change in my life. Being responsible for the well-being and positive growth of tiny little humans is as scary as it is rewarding.
Why do you like working with Gnarly?
I love that Gnarly knows that athletes are not “one size fits all”. The products are well suited to endurance and strength athletes alike. I am vegan, and I appreciate that I can take advantage of all the different types of supplements without worrying about animal products.
Outside of your respective sport, what are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my three amazing kiddos and a wonderful wife. They make me want to be a better person every day.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Kale, spinach and arugula salad with beets, peppers, carrots, peas, beans, tempeh, avocado, sunflower seeds, olives, Dijon mustard, raspberry balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Oh, and a baked potato.
Who is your hero? Why?
My heroes are all the amazing people around me that inspire me every day with their kindness, generosity, acceptance, strength, and gratitude. They are too numerous to name.
Any advice for aspiring athletes?
Slow down and enjoy the process. Big goals are great, and for most of us they provide the motivation to get out the door, but love for what you are doing is paramount. You don’t always need to race or compete to get the most out of your sport. Find your passion for grinding every day with or without a goal or event on the horizon.
I often train twice per day, and sometimes thrice. I use BCAAs after each session to aid muscle recovery so I can get back after it in a few hours. The berry lemonade flavor is my favorite. Before bed, I take a scoop of Performance Greens (usually with Vegan protein) to help give my body everything it needs to rebuild while I sleep so I can make the most of my training the next day.