Saying Brian stays active is an understatement. Whether it was as a youngster running around and playing every sport available, to high school when he focused on baseball, basketball and then golf where his high school team finished 2nd in the state of Oregon.
After a knee injury sidelined him during his freshman year at Oregon State University, Brian turned a potentially devastating injury into a blessing in disguise reaching his goal of finishing a sprint triathlon after rehabilitating his knee.
After successfully finishing that first triathlon in 1987, Brian was hooked and continued to race periodically over the course of the next 20 years eventually finishing over 50 races including 4 Ironman distance triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run) as well as numerous marathons.
An unfortunate knee injury playing mud football in college turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Brian while during rehabilitation he set a goal to finish a triathlon (swim, bike and run). He used that motivation to get his body and mind stronger than ever and achieved his initial goal of finishing The Cottage Grove Triathlon. Brian was hooked and finished four more races that summer and ten the following year.
Over the course of the next 20 years Brian finished over 50 triathlons including 4 Ironman distance races (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run).
A couple of Brian’s favorite races were the 1989 Ironman Canada (his first Ironman) and the 2005 Vineman Ironman race (where his son Michael was able to run across the finish line with him).
Brian also qualified for and raced in the 1990 United States Triathlon Series National Championships held in Las Vegas.
Brian wasn’t satisfied with just riding his bike to school as a kid…he had to take it to a whole different level as an adult and ride it across the country! Brian accomplished a life-long goal of riding his bicycle across America when he joined a group of fellow philanthropic bicyclists to raise money for charity and rode from Seattle to Washington D.C. in 1996. The trip was one of the highlights of Brian’s life. They camped in Yellowstone National Park, slept in teepees on Lame Deer Indian Reservation in Montana, and were housed at an Abbey in North Dakota. They rode through towns large and small. Minneapolis, Chicago and Pittsburgh to name a few.
Having a great appreciation for history Brian found riding his bike through Little Bighorn Battlefield (where Custer met his fate) and Antietam National Battlefield (Civil War) very haunting and awe-inspiring. He and his fellow cyclists also caught baseball games at Wrigley Field in Chicago and Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. It was a trip full of good will, hard work and memories to last a lifetime. Brian has written stories about some of his triathlon and cycling experiences in his blogs and book Finding Your Voice.
Brian enjoys hiking and finds the balance of exercise and nature a great way to stay in shape as well as foster his intuition.
Brian had the great pleasure of taking part in a 23 day Outward Bound backpacking journey in the Collegiate Mountain range of Colorado.
He has many fond memories of “roughing it” for almost a month.
Currently he enjoys hiking in and around Los Angeles and finds the trees a happy place to contemplate life and his projects.