My life’s motto is, “Live without Regret.” These 3 simple words remind me to take advantage of opportunities given, that I can do hard things, and to not let stupid mistakes hold me back . I believe the greatest regret isn’t that we tried and failed, but, that we didn’t try at all.
I am the oldest of 5 kids. I was raised on football fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, and in the high Uintah Mountains. My dad coached me in everything. Playing sports taught me the value of hard work, being a team player, to never quit, how to focus, and what it means to put your heart and soul into what you love. As I’ve gotten older my love for sports and competing hasn’t changed. I have competed in several triathlons ranging from Olympic distance to a full Ironman. I have competed in numerous road cycling races. I took 2nd in LOTOJA, the nation’s longest one day sanctioned bike race, 206 miles, from Logan, Utah to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My relay team took 1st place in Salt to Saint, a 400+ mile race from Salt Lake City, Utah to St. George, Utah. I love everything about competing and racing. I love to be shoulder to shoulder with racers that radiate positive energy and people that push themselves to go higher and farther.
Growing up, if I wasn’t playing sports, I was hunting. I was taught to love and respect the outdoors and to be an honorable hunter. I don’t regret one minute that I’ve spent on the mountain. The outdoors brings me closer to my family and to God. The only thing I regret is not getting away more often.
My parents are the two most patriotic people I know. They both served in and retired from the armed forces. My dad served in the Army and Air Force, and my mom served in the Navy. They taught me to love my country and the importance of standing for truth and freedom. I attended high school in Okinawa, Japan. While there, I saw a small glimpse of the heartache and ugly effects of war. My dad, brother, and I volunteered to help Okinawan families search jungles and caves hoping to find war remnants such as mess kits, helmets, or belt buckles with identifying marks or initials to bring closure and peace to grieving families.
After high school I served as a missionary in Cape Town, South Africa. As a missionary I learned the importance of helping and serving others. This was one of the toughest yet most rewarding times of my life. Jackie Robinson said it best, ” A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. I believe this to be true. When we are kind and help shoulder one another’s burdens we truly find ourselves but when we think only of ourselves, we essentially, lose ourselves and our purpose.
My career is in the medical field. I practice electrodiagnostic medicine. I diagnose conditions involving the peripheral nervous system. I love the puzzle work and problem solving aspect of diagnostics. My goal and hope is that I can help my patients to have a better quality of life. My job requires a lot of focus and detailed attention. I work hard, and because of this, I want to play hard.
I married my high school sweetheart, and best friend in 1992. We are a great team that has navigated through life’s ups and downs to the best of our ability. When we look back, we know it is the bumps in the road, that have made our life more interesting, brought us closer together, and have made us the strong independent people we are today. Teri is an educator, she loves traveling, she is a health enthusiast, and a wonderful mom to our 4 kids. We have two boys (Kolten and Jett) and two girls (Meg and Lola). Our oldest son, Kolten, married an amazing young lady, Malorie. My boys are my favorite hunting partners and I’m still working on my girls.
One of my greatest adventures has been working with Dave to create Bakcou. Dave and I have so many amazing memories on the mountain, and with Backcountry eBikes, there will be so many more. Backcountry eBikes will get us into remote areas, help us climb to new heights, take us farther and get us there faster, and, most importantly, they are just plain fun to ride. With Backcountry eBikes I am going to continue my life’s motto, “Live Without Regret.”