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This is me. I love my wife Amy and our kids Katy, Townsend, Mike, Malone and Simms. I have a passion for leadership, technology and triathlon (especially the Ironman distance). My first Ironman was Louisville in 2011. I am training for Ironman Boulder 2014 and raising money to battle Crohn's Disease.

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    Katy and me after our trip to the Hike-Inn just short of the Appalachian Trail. Standing in front of Amicalola Falls.

    Katy and me after our trip to the Hike-Inn just short of the Appalachian Trail. Standing in front of Amicalola Falls.

    Posted on Sunday, June 1st 2014

    I’ve been using Livestrong’s MyPlate app for several years to track my food and exercise. I go through seasons where I’m very focused on tracking both then other times where I won’t track anything for weeks at a time. 
It’s pretty eye opening to see what grazing through even a handful of snacks during the day can impact my calorie intake. The random handful of M&Ms or a few chips can add up fast. 
I don’t get obsessive about either consuming or burning calories, but it’s good to have a reference. 

    I’ve been using Livestrong’s MyPlate app for several years to track my food and exercise. I go through seasons where I’m very focused on tracking both then other times where I won’t track anything for weeks at a time. 

    It’s pretty eye opening to see what grazing through even a handful of snacks during the day can impact my calorie intake. The random handful of M&Ms or a few chips can add up fast. 

    I don’t get obsessive about either consuming or burning calories, but it’s good to have a reference. 

    Posted on Saturday, May 10th 2014

    Ironman Chattanooga Benefiting CCFA

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    The first ever official Ironman distance race in Chattanooga, TN will be on September 28 and it is benefiting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.  I’d bet this is a pretty big deal for both CCFA and Team Challenge. 

    Unfortunately this race sold out so fast I wasn’t able to register this year. So I am doing the next best thing and plan to volunteer during the race which gives me priority in registering for 2015.

    Chattanooga should be a great venue for the race and I am looking forward to helping out. CCFA is a great organization fighting against a terrible disease.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 30th 2014

    This a great video about Crohn’s Disease based on the experiences of a teenager. I remember going through so many of the same things she talks about with our son Mike.

    Posted on Sunday, April 27th 2014

    What is Short Bowel Syndrome?

    Short Bowel Syndrome (sometimes referred to as SBS) is a disorder that affects people who have had large portions of their small intestine surgically removed as a result of a digestive illness, such as Crohn’s disease. Approximately 10,000–20,000 people in the United States have short bowel syndrome.

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    Posted on Saturday, April 26th 2014

    Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim Update


    We left yesterday morning at 5am in two groups planning on a nonstop day until finished. One group was attempting to go from the south rim of the Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch via Tonto Trail and back, a round trip of about 25 miles. The other group was attempting to go from the south rim (including Tonto Trail) to the north rim and back, a round trip of 50 miles. I started in the 50 mile group.

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    Posted on Saturday, April 12th 2014

    Exercising When You Have a GI Disorder

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    Exercise tips for people with Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or other gastrointestinal disorders.

    Staying physically fit is a constant struggle for Stephanie Horgan, who, like millions of Americans with gastrointestinal disorders, has to plan her diet, her exercise routines, and her entire life around her condition.

    "I’m really active now, doing kickboxing, jogging, Spinning at the gym, and eating whatever I want," says the 26-year-old Chicago resident, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 18 and had three surgeries within a year. “But you never know when you’re going to have a flare-up. And when you have a flare, everything revolves around going to the bathroom and taking care of your body. Most social situations are out of the question.”

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    Posted on Wednesday, April 9th 2014