I've been riding my bike for as long as I can remember. In fact, I still have my tricycle, which came from Macy's, in my study. I rode and won my first bicycle race in 1977, the Hawkeye Bicycle Association's Fall Century, in a little under 5 hours.
I raced for USCF for several years for Michael's Cyclery. Then, with my one fast twitch muscle fiber, I gravitated towards ultra-triathlon and longer endurance events. I rode many 24 hour bike races such as the Michigan 24 Hour, then qualified for The Race Across AMerica (RAAM) at RAAM Open Ohio by riding 575 miles non-stop in 35 hours and change. My one attempt at solo RAAM in 1995 ended in the hospital for multiple IV's and a glorious DNF.
Along the way I completed multiple Ironmans, double Ironmans and triple Ironmans. My favorite races over the years include Ultraman Hawaii and Ultraman Canada, a three day stage triathlon consisting of a 6.2 mile swim, 261 mile bike and 52.4 mile run.
I'm fortunate to have had my wife Clar Baldus in my life for over 40 years. We enjoy riding our gravel and fat bikes together and lifting weights in our garage gym. I retired a few years ago from the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist and Clar will retire this December from the University of Iowa where she is the head of the Art Education department. We share our home with our Gordon Setter Greer and pitbull Magnus and my ball python Kajika.