After a long and varied Air Force career, Steve separated in 2005 to civilian life... with more travel now on his terms instead of at the whims of Uncle Sam. While in the service, he got hooked by the travel bug and was lucky enough to spend time in over 35 countries and live abroad for 4 1/2 years.
His interests are wide and varied, from renovating old houses, to SCUBA diving, kayaking, and Crossfit. While living in England in the late 1990's, Steve was introduced to racing by his good friend Dave when they both entered the Windsor Triathlon. In his first triathlon, he competed with a borrowed $99 Huffy 10-speed with the kickstand duct-taped to keep it from dragging when he rode. In 2006, Steve and Dave decided to up the adventure with a climb of Mt Rainier. This followed their 22km run up Mt Fuji in Japan and sealed Steve's love of the mountains. In 2010, Steve and Dave planned the epic Landmark Endurance Group ride across Death Valley and Mt Whitney summit.
Steve stays in shape by working out at Crossfit 3 -4 days per week, running or biking on weekends and following (loosely) a Paleo nutrition plan.
Long term goals involve an adventure sport on every continent, restoring a 1958 International Harvester pickup truck, and maybe someday, the Car and Driver One Lap of America.
Specific training and accomplishments include:
Special Operations Cross-Cultural Communications Course
Radiological Accident Response and Disaster Control Training
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Distinguished Grad
CPR and First Aid qualified
Dry-suit, NITROX, Rescue Diver qualified
2006 Mt Rainier summit
2010 Mt Whitney summit
7 Full Marathons, including the US Marine Corps D.C. marathon
Building a 16 ft Osprey Standard Kayak