"I’m a multi-sport endurance athlete, coach and environmental economist. Nature is the green thread that runs through my life - it's the link between my careers. The opportunity to train and race in the world’s most beautiful places is what drives me to seek my own endurance potential as a runner, biker, paddler, and skier. As a coach, teacher, and speaker I rely on nature and an understanding of the human body to motivate my students to natural, sustainable and healthy movement. I’ve never met a trail, a mountain, or a river that fails to inspire an appreciation of the body’s endurance potential."
WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER NATURAL MOVEMENT?
A running technique course (that I didn’t think I needed) from Anders Nordström really woke me up from my “everybody knows how to run” slumber. Since then I have benefited from eye-opening courses from Lee Saxby and now I help others as a running coach in Northern Sweden.
WHERE DO YOU CALL HOME?
I’m a Southern California boy that grew up in San Diego and lived in all four corners of the US before moving to Northern Sweden in 2005. I currently live in Östersund, Sweden, near the beautiful Swedish “fjäll”mountains.
WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER VIVOBAREFOOT?
My girlfriend introduced me to Vivobarefoot a few years ago. I remember I said to her at the time “That’s impressive that you can train with those shoes, but you can’t compete in those.” (!)
Well, you can’t compete in them immediately. But over the last two years I’ve strengthened my feet and recently finished a 60 km Skyrace over technical terrain wearing Vivo Soft Ground Shoes.
WHAT'S YOUR TOP TIP FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO GO BAREFOOT?
Stand, stand, STAND! Get out of your chair! The other piece of advice is, simply, be patient. It’s amazing how adaptable our feet really are. They actually can heal, given the chance.
WHEN YOU'RE NOT ON THE TRAIL WHERE ARE YOU?
If I’m not running, I’m in my surfski paddling on the lake in front of my house. Or, there is a good chance you’ll find me on my road bike or mountain bike. For 6 months of the year in Northern Sweden I’m gliding over a ski track with a headlamp that lights up the beautiful woods.
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MEET THE OFF ROAD TEAM
During this month, we will be introducing you to four of our product testers, now members of the VIVOBAREFOOT team and our great friends.