The adventure started in 1989. I was six years old, and my dad and I raced up and down the washboard dirt roads of Evergreen on our bikes. I was Greg LeMond, and he was Bernard Hinault. The stakes were high as we saught victory in the Tour de France, and I always seemed to edge him out at the line even though he was a formidable ultra-endurance athlete.
Over the next twenty years, I watched in awe as my dad completed the Leadville 100, Badwater 146 Ultra Marathon, and Eco Challenge Adventure Races all over the world, among other events. When I began competing in adventure races in 2003, Dad was right by my side. Always my number one fan, he has helped me numerous times as a member of the support crew, and we have raced together in races involving snowshoeing, running, mountain biking, paddling, and a number of other sports.
In 2009, we traveled together to the Rock and Ice Ultra, a 200+ mile self-supported running/snowshoeing stage race in the Canada’s Northwest Territories. Hanging out in the warm tent with my dad while the northern lights shined outside was one of the highlights of my life.
I’m looking forward to becoming a dad in January, and I can’t wait for three generations of Macy’s to hit the trails together!