What accomplishment are you most proud of:
XTERRA Southeast Regional Champ 2001 & 2002
When you're not racing, you like to:
Rock Climb: traditional and sport; also, I play guitar/keyboards with a local band, the Defunkalators
What's the craziest experience you've ever had with XTERRA:
Doing a "Double"(Little Rock on Saturday then Milwaukee on Sunday). I broke my chain in the first quarter mile in Milwaukee and did the bike as a single speed. I came in so late after the run that I then had to immediately pack my bike and head straight to the airport. I barely made the flight check-in and ran into the bathroom to wash off the mud before boarding. People were pretending they didn't see me bathing in the wash-room of the airport. Absolutely hilarious.
What's the best thing about racing?
1. the camaraderie 2. sense of accomplishment 3. GREAT venues
What is the coolest piece of gear you own?
Michael Ward of the Wallflowers auctioned a guitar of his at the 2000 Ride for the Roses (Lance Armstrong's yearly cancer fundraiser) I bought it and had it personally signed by Lance Armstrong, Eddie Merx, and Miguel Indurain who were there as well.
What is your favorite quote or words of wisdom?
What does not kill you, still leaves a bruise
Role model/Inspiration/Favorite athlete:
Ned Overend/Ned Overend/Ned Overend
What do you do when you aren't training/racing?
Spend time with my family and friends
# Years Racing XTERRA (how many total/by year):
8th year 2000-2; 2001-5; 2002-5; 2003-10; 2004-8(7) 2005-9 2006-8 47 total…so far
Best XTERRA finish:
Southeast Regional Champ 2001 and 2002
Which 2007 XTERRA races do you plan to attend?
Miami, Ogden, Ace, Panther Creek, Oak Mountain, Richmond, Charlottesville, Lock 4, Uhwarrie, Ft. Yargo
2007 XTERRA Racing Goal:
Have fun hanging out the friends we have made doing these races. That is really the best part.
Race Strength (Swim, bike, run?):
Transition. I am very good at transition and after race celebrations.
Favorite XTERRA venue:
The ACE in West Virginia.
What other races or events are you doing this year:
The KnoxieCross Cyclocross Series(4 races); The Atomic Man (half iron); 12 Hours of the Hill of Truth(mtb); Panther Creek Mtb Race (12 hour); Knobscorcher(mtb);
What other sports and activities:
Skeet/Sporting Clays; whitewater kayak
Dreaded XTERRA venue:
Top 3-8 racing accomplishments:
Winning the inaugural Regional Championship series in 2001, then repeating.
Why/how did you start competing:
I was doing road tri and mountain biking and heard that XTERRA was coming to Tennessee. That was the America Tour Lock 4 race in 2000, and I was immediately hooked.
All-time worst XTERRA racing moment:
Getting lost on the bike leg of the Odyssey(in the rain).
All-time best XTERRA racing moment:
Prior to the 2004 U.S. Championship in Lake Tahoe, the Kahuna graciously announced that it was my birthday. So all during the race, as I would pass people or they would pass me, would come a shout "Happy Birthday Tennessee (or Audie if they knew me). It was great. THAT is what I love about XTERRA. You feel that you are part of the 'fabric' and flow.
What's your favorite aspect of XTERRA?
The friends Sandra and I have made.
Define / describe XTERRA: