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Dan and Tanner
Kaysville Utah
Ragnar Founders, Tanner Bell and Dan Hill
Interests: skiing, running, ragnar, biking, adventure, our families
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I lay in bed debating. I could sleep for an extra hour or I could get up now and run the five miles into work. I could already feel the day’s stress creeping up on me. Decisions, decisions, which would be better for me; an hour more of sleep or a five mile run? Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2011 at uhh Blog
I've felt for years that there is something deeper to the Ragnar Relay experience than what is obvious. It's as though something in the experience awakens a part of us that lies mostly dormant in our modern world. We live a life that is almost completely void of true physical struggle, unless we seek it out. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at uhh Blog
We have very few stick policies at Ragnar. But there are two that we take very seriosly. The first is that no employee is allowed to fly US Airlines. No I'm not kidding. The second is that playing pranks on Ragnar staff is stricktly prohibited for two weeks leading up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at uhh Blog
We had a few brief breaks and naps along the way but it was hard and exhausting work and JD only complained once around 4 am Saturday morning. “I can’t feel my legs,” he told me Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at uhh Blog
The goat kept trying to herd me off the road. I would stop and the goat would stop. I would start running and the goat would start running Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at uhh Blog
One of the things I love about my job at Ragnar is all the inspiring people I meet. I am inevitably inspired by the Ragnar participant who proudly announces to me that they are the oldest runner in the race. Throughout my life I have always been inspired by these... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2011 at uhh Blog
I'm not sure what DirecTV wants me to take away from this commercial Here is what I'm hearing: "If you buy DirecTV you'll shirk your responsibilities and go from a super hero to a couch potato" I'm either not their target demo (which would be flattering) or they really missed it. I happen to love TV and Movies. My favorite shows are Modern Family, 30 Rock, The Office (though lately mostly out of loyalty to what it once was), The Bachelor (I used to say I watched it because my wife wanted to, but it's a lie, I love it!), and The Daily Show / Colbert Report. But this commercial grosses me out. I love the energy and vitality I see and feel during a Ragnar Relay. There is so much "life" happening during endurance events. I wish more people were having adventures, moving, testing their limits, strengthening friendships, and making memories. This commercial makes me sad. I'm bummed that for many people TV really is what keeps them busy. That's not how we were meant to live. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at uhh Blog
We hiked to it to find the reason it appeared untracked was that it was actually a solid sheet of ice... set at a 45 degree angle. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at uhh Blog
18 days into the new year and 10,000 sky miles under my belt. My favorite things about traveling Nobody can get a hold of me while I'm in the air Finding unique places to eat Going for runs in new places (when i can find the time) Seeing the amazing tapestry of people, towns, and cultures in the US My least favorite things about traveling Being away from my son and wife It's hard to eat well and exercise The mountain of work waiting for me back at the office Airplanes get old (I'm in one now) Infurchia's method of sending meeting invites that never seems to work Here is a great video I think about if I ever get too down about travel. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at uhh Blog
In the beginning Ragnar was not a safe financial bet. Grad school would have been. But passion made the bet worth it Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at uhh Blog
Uhhh… That Was Amazing. My group consisted of the Thresher boys (Al and Chris), Tracy Mullendore, Shannon Stewart, and myself. Jeff Suffolk and I went grocery shopping before everyone arrived. We had no idea what to get. So we bought everything! Our strategy was to walk down each aisle and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at uhh Blog
"wrinkles only go where the smiles have been". If that's the case, after this weekend I should look like I'm about 140 years old. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at uhh Blog
Everyone on the team met at a hotel near the Miami airport. Jeff Suffolk, from Boulder, Colorado, arrived first and decided to find a place to eat. He wandered into a small dive with blacked-out windows. Jeff, who I would learn had a gift for making friends fast, quickly endeared himself to the owners of the restaurant. So they showed him what their real business was. Behind the restaurant was a marijuana growing room. Random. Jeff told us this story later that night when we met for dinner. It was the perfect start to a wild, weird, random, and incredible weekend. (More on this and Jeff in my next post.) Our team started the race at 10 a.m. We divided into two groups of cyclists/runners. The first group included Chris Thresher, Al Thresher, Tanner Bell, Shannon Stewart and Tracy Mullendorf. In my group were Brooke Donberg, Jeff Suffolk, Mike Foley, and me. Chris Thresher ran first leg. He took off like a rocket. We watched him move to the front of the pack and quickly put distance between himself and the rest of the runners in the 10 a.m. start heat. While he ran my group made friends with a Miami local named Hector. He was a friendly fellow out for a leisurely ride. He offered to guide us through the first 20 miles of the course. “No stress trying to read a map? Sounds good!” we said: “As long as you ride slow enough; we’re not in a hurry.” We took off riding. I was behind Jeff Suffolk who, in what I assume was meant as a giant middle finger to “the man,” was wearing cargo shorts and flip-flops. (BTW he ran in spandex. Weird.) Riding between legs was an amazing experience. I was surprised by how good it felt to hop on a bike after running. Our tempo was slow. We averaged about 14 mph while riding and usually rode side by side. We talked about everything: family, jobs, gay marriage, religion, politics and our adventure. Most of us didn’t know each other before the race but we all meshed very well. The ride was relaxing and beautiful. At one point we rode down Card Sound road, a two lane highway through the everglades. We had the road almost completely to ourselves. The stars were amazingly bright and the moon reflected off the water. It was the greatest bike ride of my life. At exchange 18 we pulled out sleeping backs to try for an hour or two of sleep. By then we were getting a little loopy and everything was funny. I felt like I was in some sort of Zen state. As we lay down Jeff and I had the following exchange: Dan: I love you guys. Jeff: I feel really grateful. A few moments pass. Dan: I feel like I’m completely drunk. Jeff: (giggles) Me too! An hour later the other group showed up and it was our turn to go. As expected, the second half of the race was harder. I ran a 7.5 mile section. The running wasn’t horrible but it was tough to get into a nice tempo. Every step required more effort than normal. I kept fighting the temptation to just lie down and nap for awhile. After a mile or two I came upon a very perky woman (she would wave and give a cute shout out to every single vehicle that honked or cheered as they passed). She asked how I was doing. “I’m kind of sleepy,” I said. I don’t remember her exact reply but I remember it was upbeat. She kept chatting with me for the rest of the leg. It took my mind off of how tired I was. It was great. The rest of the crew did great but had similar experiences to mine. They were tired but felt pretty good. The only exception was Amy Donaldson, who got sick during her leg. I rode the last mile and a half along side her. She didn’t look good but she didn’t stop running until it was over. Impressive. The sun came up as Jeff Suffolk (our last runner) was finishing his leg. We then began a 30 mile ride to exchange 30 where we would start our final legs. That ride was horrible. There was a steady headwind that made it impossible to coast. There was far less conversation. We kept our heads down and just pushed. By now most of the other teams had gotten wind of what we were doing and wanted to talk to us about it. I was struggling to have friendly conversation. I was in a good mood but not a chatty mood. Brooke Donberg was amazing. She’s the LA Field Marketing Manager for Clif Bar. They hired well. I know she was as tired as I was but she engaged really well with people. I was glad she was there to answer questions. Our final legs were very short. All the legs from 30 to the finish were less than 4 miles. We were all excited to have only a 3 mile run and a 20 mile ride to go. My 3.5 mile leg was interesting. I wasn’t in much pain but I only had one speed and it was slow. I kept trying to go faster but my body simply wouldn’t do it. I handed off to Mike Foley who he took off fast. Mike (who had to run two legs back to back since we were short two teammates) averaged under 6:30 per mile for the entire race. It was a sight to behold. But after he finished he started struggling to breathe. His lungs tightened up and he began to panic. Our driver (my dad and Ragnar Co-Founder, Steve Hill) rushed him to the finish-line aid station where a paramedic treated him. To our relief he was able to begin breathing normally fairly quickly. We finished at 4:05 pm with a time of 30:05:32. That was good enough for 135th overall putting us in the top half of the field, which was our goal at the start. It was a fantastic experience. I feel very close to everyone that was on the team and I’m certain I will look back fondly on the experience for the rest of my life. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at uhh Blog
Tracy: this shaved leg thing... I started rubbing my legs and it kind of turned me on. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at uhh Blog
Mike: I'm sore in really weird places... I have a cramp in my left eyebrow. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at uhh Blog
Dan: (as the group laid on lawn at 18 to sleep) I love you guys Jeff: I feel real grateful A few minutes pass Dan: dude! I feel like I'm totally drunk Jeff: (giggles) me too Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at uhh Blog
Amy: thank you to the three people in south Florida who have not honked at us. Noise does not make cyclists disappear Jeff: I had to let it fly... and not out my mouth Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at uhh Blog
Jeff: Brooke has clif ever considered a pot brownie bar? Brooke: oh you've had it? Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at uhh Blog
Dan: it just occurred to me how woefully undertrained for this I am. Tanner: you know. The exact same thing just occurs to me a few minutes ago Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at uhh Blog
Dan and Tanner is now following Seth Godin
Jan 6, 2011
We've had a dream for a few years of running a Ragnar Relay in a different way. Instead of shuttling between legs in a van we'd use road bikes. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at uhh Blog
We go from a crew that can solve any problem to a crew that can't make the most basic decisions. "uhh" becomes the answer to every question Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at uhh Blog
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Jan 5, 2011