Since recovering from
my heart attack I've continued my cycling addiction.
One year after my heart attack I became
the first widow maker survivor to complete the
world's most difficult paved cycling course; Mount
Haleakala in Hawaii. Between May 2018 and
April 2019 I completed 20,000 miles of cycling.
Above: Conquering a Top-50 most difficult climb,
Gibraltar Rd in California on my 2nd heart attack
I founded a
non-profit public benefit corporation
called Summit4CAD in 2017 to help raise
awareness for undiagnosed coronary
artery disease (CAD), the leading cause
of death world-wide.
2016 I experienced a life-threatening
widow maker heart attack. I had no idea
that I had been living with CAD for
years. I was the picture of health; fit,
lean, with a very healthy diet, and I
exercised daily. I had no warnings and
no symptoms prior to my heart attack.
maker (STEMI LAD) heart attack is fatal
in 90% of the people who experience it.
I not only survived but I did so with
ZERO residual heart damage. This is so
rare that there are no statistics on how
often it happens.
my life. My daily cycling addiction
conditioned my heart for survival and
recovery of the widow maker.
Summit4CAD to help bring awareness to
heart disease prevention, survival, and
It's so easy to get lost in the daily grind of life
that we forget to stop, clear our minds from
distractions, and reflect upon the things in our
lives that make living such a beautiful experience.
I've learned to put my phone down, turn the TV off,
step outside of a noisy room; and just breathe. I
close my eyes, take a deep breath and clear my mind.
After a few moments I open my eyes and look around me.
We are surrounded by
You can find beauty in any
environment. You can find beautiful moments in any
situation. You can find peace in any storm; you
simply have to choose to.
Music is an emotional
refuge for me. It is creative and yet
technical (those two combinations which are a theme
in my life), and it is so very soothing. I
enjoy the challenge of learning new music and
discovering new melodies on my own.
When I need to reconnect with a stronger sense of
inner balance I grab any one of a number of amazing
guitars I own, put on headphones, plug in and get
lost in whatever melody my fingers find. As time
passes whatever troubles I'm experiencing fall away
and I'm left with gratitude.
finding my way to a place without the distractions
of the chaotic world around me I always will find a
better path into my future.
I play both bass
guitar and standard guitar. I don't really
prefer one over the other although I started as a
guitarist and didn't start playing bass until my
late 30's. I tend to treat the bass as a
melodic instrument and find bass-driven melodies
particularly soothing and beautiful. But
sometimes you just need to plug in your old vintage
Les Paul and rock. It just completely depends
on the day.
I have enjoyed the
crossover of precision photography tech to the world
of precision shooting. Arca-Swiss dovetail rails
have been a mainstay in professional photography for
decades. Now rifles are being equipped with
Arca-Swiss rails for quick accessory adjustment.
With Arca rails comes the ability to use tripods for
additional stability. The digital revolution has
also colided with rifle tech. Above, I'm looking
through a digital night/day vision HD scope with
laser ballistic range calculator. Whereas I prefer
traditional scopes for true long-range shots, this
tech is surprisingly good. Especially for night
shooting. The rifle is a Sako TRG-22 - the TRG
platform is the finest out-of-the-box precision
rifle system in the world in my opinion.
My passions can
best be summed up as guns, guitars, and
Not necessarily in that order.
precision target marksmanship nearly
thirty years ago.
To place a small piece of lead
into the center of a target with both
accuracy and precision, is an exercise
my mind never ceases to tire of. Like
cinematography, precision shooting is a
unique mix of left and right brain
There are a lot of calculations
and math that goes into shooting long
distances with precision.
From knowing the ballistics of
the caliber youíve selected, to
calculating your targetís distance,
measuring wind, knowing station
pressure, humidity, cosine, coriolis
effect, spin drift, and other issues
such as mirage; the process equates to a
challenge that is as much mental as it
like cycling, cinematography, and
photography, technology is a major
And I am a sucker for amazing
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