Posted in Life lessons, Musings, Racing, Training

The Final Piece of the Pie – Spartan Trifecta Completed

This post is not about the Killington Spartan Beast, I will add that race report in a couple of days once I get a chance to write it.

This post is about Luke and I finishing the race and completing our Spartan Trifecta. What did it take to get here?

  • Six months of hard training;
  • Three hard races spread across three months and three states; and
  • A bunch of trash talking that Kathy will never understand.

What did I get?

  • Memories that will last a lifetime.

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Posted in Grandpa life, Life lessons

More than obstacle racing

Life may be an obstacle race, but, there is more to life than obstacle racing.

Love the hat!


It happened just three weeks ago, on June 1, 2016 to be exact. At about 5:20 PM my son, Eddie called with the news, Carter Joseph Hernandez had just burst forth into the world kicking and screaming.

My first grandchild! Continue reading “More than obstacle racing”

Posted in Life lessons, Training

Getting older, gaining perspective

BrainAs I have advanced in years, I have realized that getting older isn’t as bad as most people believe it to be.  It has given me the chance to spend nearly 20 years with my lovely wife and more importantly she has spent the time with me (thanks Kathy); to see my kids grow to become wonderful young adults;  to see the birth of my first grandchild and to gain the perspective that comes from making it through nearly 53 years of life.
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The Hard Things

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win. “

JFK Sept 12, 1962

Sometimes people ask me,” Why do you obstacle race, isn’t it hard?”

My answer is: “Sure, but that’s why I do it.”

As people, why do many of us have a fascination with doing things that are hard? Some chose to do things which are physically difficult, others chose things which are mentally or emotionally challenging. But, whatever the choice, the question is why?  Continue reading “The Hard Things”