By now, you may be wondering why I am still doing this race. I am obviously under trained and ill prepared for mountain climbing. So why? It’s simple:

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. – Carl Jung

I have that quote taped to the top of my computer. For some reason, it really hit me hard when I saw it. My dad taught me that philosophy without using those exact words. And Christine and I have tried to teach it to our children.

When I said I was going to do this race and raise money for CCFA, I meant it.


Years ago, I had a conversation that centered around my children and my endurance racing (Ironman, Ultra marathons, etc.). At the time, the kids were both in primary school and traveled to all my races with me. The gist of the conversation was that I was setting the bar so high for my kids that they would never feel like they could live up to it.

Thinking back on it I can only laugh. Have you seen my kids lately? Lara is killing it in her first year of medical school and getting married in December. Mason is finishing up his second year of college where he swims for a Division 1 team and just broke a school record. They have already surpassed any bar I could of set for them.

Why? Because “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” They don’t just talk about doing things. They go out and DO them.

Unfortunately this world has an overabundance of talkers. We need more doers.

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