Evolving into a mentor and coach as a cycling instructor is a natural progression from a lifetime spent in wild and scenic places. Early years for me revolved around working on horse ranches and soon the lure of the mountains grabbed my imagination. Summiting peaks in the Northwest U.S. and Canada became my obsession long before climbing was cool.
Turning this love affair for the outdoors into a living resulted in becoming a geologist that led to exploring for gold and minerals in remote regions of the U.S., Alaska and Central Lapland, Northern Finland. Graduate school in interior Alaska placed me squarely in company with winter temperatures that dropped to -50 degrees Fahrenheit. With the first winter, it became icy clear that being outside was an exercise in donning survival gear so it is in the subarctic that my life long relationship with working out in fitness facilities and working for them as a second or third job began.
Since my late 20’s, aside from foreign travel, I have recreated almost exclusively in Alaska and the Yukon centered on hiking, biking and paddling. My first real adventure cycling ride was the Dempster Highway in Canada’s Northwest Territory. It is a dirt road that is 457 miles one-way, crosses two rivers and ends in Inuvik. My outside cycling preference is to mountain bike where cars are far and few between but if I do ride the roadways I will be on my Surly Ogre. Due to demands of statewide travel and work in Alaska, becoming a cycling instructor was not possible until I was almost retired from my primary career job.
My first teaching certification (Schwinn) was obtained at the IDEA World Convention in Los Angeles with Jay Blahnik. Soon thereafter I became a certified Spinning instructor, lifetime member of Adventure Cycling Association, and member of national online cycling associations to further my education from active instructors around the country. I study and work on other certifications as time allows. I am in my fifth year of teaching at least three classes a week. I advocate that exercise should be like our middle name, just part of who we are!