It was six years ago today I got whacked by that bear and, really, changing my life forever. Yesterday, as validation that the incident is not going to change what I’ve always done, I participated and completed the most epic endurance event I’ve ever attempted in my life: the Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon. A 2.6 mile ocean swim in 55 deg water followed by a 113 mile bike ride climbing 4,200, and ending with a 27.5 mile run and mountain hike event climbing another 6,000’ , up and down Alyeska twice! It’s billed as the hardest single day endurance event in America, which I can now personally attest to. Add in a chilling heavy morning fog you could barely see in front of you and close to the hottest day of the year, only added to the challenge.

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