Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Ohio, and I moved East – permanently - after college in the early 80s. My wife and I raised our sons in Sudbury, MA and now that we are empty nesters we have downsized and live in the Bishops Forest condo community in Waltham.
How long have you been a member at Steel fox and why did you join?
On the referral of my neighbor – and friend - Martin Tallet I joined in January of 2018. I joined to increase my core strength, and improve my overall strength (and endurance) in support of my overall health and well-being.
What classes do you usually attend?
SteelFit, at 6:30AM on Mon, Wed and Friday
What do you like to do outside of steel fox?
My primary exercise activity outside of SteelFit is road running. Over the past few years I have extended my distances, and improved my endurance to be able to run and finish several Half Marathons. My hobby is DSLR and iPhone photography.
What is something we might not know about you?
My wife and I volunteer for NEADS (NEADS.org) in Princeton, MA. We are Weekend Puppy Raisers for dogs – predominanlty Labs - in training to become ADA-accredited Service Dogs. During the week the pups live with and are trained by an Inmate Handler at the prison in Concord, MA. On weekends the pups are furloughed out to us for socialization (and minimal task-training) in the real world. We have each pup from about 3 months of age until they are matched with a client at approx. 18-24 months of. It’s truly remarkable an awe-inspiring what these dogs can do for people. The pup we have now is 19 months old and is named Fritz.
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What is your greatest accomplishment?
Unquestionably my greatest accomplishment are my sons Grayson and Drew. They are men of good character, integrity and principle. Nothing will ever come close to topping them in terms a personal accomplishment!
What is one long term goal and one short term goal?
In the short-term, my goal is to reach the fitness, strength and weight objectives Rita and I have agreed upon. Also, in July I will run in the Red Sox Foundation’s “Run to Home Base 9K” to raise money for combat veterans (and their families) who are battling post-traumatic stress or brain related traumas. In November, I will run the Philadelphia Half Marathon and hope to achieve a PB (personal best) time. A long-term goal is to run and FINISH a full Marathon. Yes, finishing Boston on Patriots’ Day would be a dream come true for someone who doesn’t really ‘look like a runner.’
What motivates and inspires you?
Continuous improvement and creatively solving problems is what motivates me. I can’t explain where it comes from but it is something that’s ever-present in my mind. I find inspiration in seeing people – despite physical limitations - use the power of their mind and free-will to overcome adversity and accomplish their goals.