A lot of times people tell me I’m intense.  I’ve come to realize not everyone is using the word in the same manner.  For some it’s negative, some positive, others it’s admiration, and worse some use it to put me into some sort of classification.  Simply put I’m judged by my intensity.  Some people say my intensity comes from the fact I’m from the right coast and a Boston native, while others just think I’m a fast talking-asshole or so I was told once.  This person quickly indicated that it wasn’t true but those people just don’t know me or understand the real me.

Am I intense, YES!  Is it because I’m from Basten as I say it or because I talk fast and can’t stay on one subject? No, I don’t have ADD and think doctors made it up.  Is it because I’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, done solo 24 hour & 100 mile mountain bike races and biked the west coast as a warm up to the PCT?  Honestly, I don’t know.

It’s all of these things in a manner of speaking.  I’m intense because that is who I am.  Accept it or don’t, I don’t care either way.  I personal don’t think the things I do make me intense but others do.  I HATE this.  Just because I choose to hike 2655 miles in 125 days doesn’t mean I’m more intense than you.  The average person looks at me and thinks “I could never do that”, while I look at tri-athletes and think the same thing.  The bottom line is its all relative.  Don’t compare yourself to me, when you stop doing so you’ll see I’m just another guy.  If you compare the speed of my talking to the Micro Machine guy then I’m slow but compare to the average Joe, I’m fast.  If you really know me, you know I’m just a guy who dreams big, craves adventure, and is always testing his physical and mental limits in what he does.

During my first 100 mountain bike race I was brought to a state of physical and mental decay where I couldn’t control my emotions.  I wanted to cry but didn’t know why.  I was so far gone I lost control.  I can’t say I’ve ever been there before or since.  To know I can push myself that hard makes me feel alive.  It also makes me question my limits both physical and mental.

Me when I lost control of my emotions at the CCP

The only limitations one should have are ones they place on themselves.  Even then you should push them.  Unfortunately society and those around us sometimes create limitations and we hold ourselves to those.

I hold myself to higher standards than others hold me to.  I’m not okay with doing things half ass.  I don’t hold others to these physical or moral standards but I do expect a lot from others in the way of being respectful and treating me as I do them.  Unfortunately not many do.  I’m not saying I think I’m better than everyone else, it’s quite the opposite.  I’m my own worst critic.

I embrace me intensity most of the time but lucky for all of you I curb most of it which goes against my belief of being oneself.  I’ve learned who can handle it and they feel its full weight, while other times I unleash it on my adventures.  Find your intensity, push your limits and get out there!



Get out there!

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  1. Craig Stanton
    Craig Stanton says:

    I do think you talk fast, I do not think you’re any sort of arsehole. I am impressed by your physical feats, I don’t think it has anything to do with which side of the continental divide you were born on.

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