About Me

I am a forester who lives in Caratunk, Maine – we are a pretty small town with a population of about 30 in the winter and 100 in the summer.

Caratunk is nestled on the east side of the Kennebec River and it, along with the towns of The Forks (pop 35) and West Forks (pop 47), are the hub of whitewater rafting and other recreational activities in the summer.  In the winter, people come to snowmobile, cross country ski, snow shoe, or drink at one of the 7 bars scattered amongst the three towns.

My vocation is forestry, and I am really an outdoor kid.  I loved triathlon and endurance sports for a long time – I ran my first marathon in 2005, and completed my first triathlon in 2009.   I finished Ironman Lake Placid in 2011 and 2013 and now really just like to be active mountain and fat biking, trail running, rafting, canoeing, and hiking.

I created this blog to follow my training, tell some stories, and maybe help inspire and motivate people to get outside and keep moving, every day.


10 Responses to About Me

  1. Chris Young says:

    Don’t know if website will respond, as tracking runners in progress was problematic, but Sarah did very well. Pulled a groin three weeks ago and was unable to complete training. Her effort shows room for improvement, but considering she didn’t expect to be able to run the full race, her effort brought tears to my eyes. 
    Thank God for people who run, for any cause. 

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: Rebecca Young
    Date: October 19, 2011 10:42:46 AM EDT
    To: Bob Cross
    Cc: Chris Young , Rob Cross , Cynthia Junco
    Subject: Sarah’s Results




  2. Ross says:

    Keep up the good training and have an awesome season! I am racing the UKIM this year and so will be checking your blog regularly!

  3. Tom breingan says:

    Met you with Duke Johnson in solon. My daughter and I want to start hiking the mountains in this area, mabey you can give some advise?

  4. Alisa says:

    Awwwww, Colleen told me all about Bailey and showed me photos. Porter looks like an awesome new companion.

    Glad to finally get around to reading your blog, Colleen raved about it and about you. Kinda sad that I didn’t get to “meet” you sooner.

  5. Karl says:

    I heard you are training pretty much on low carbs, I couldn’t find it in your blog but someone on beginnertriathlete said you were, that is in contrast to what most do. I’m new to tri’s coming from a weight lifting background and cuting carbs. Can you give me some input on your thought, diet etc..I like your way of thinking

  6. Art Massucco says:

    Hi Mandy, I am the senior guy on the mountain bike you met at Pleasant Pond earlier this year, when you were training. I enjoyed our conversation and love the great photos on your site. I have a camp in The Forks and have hiked many of those trails. I wish you good luck and success in your future competitions.
    Sincerely, Art.

  7. Kathy says:

    We “follow” each other in Instagram – I too have Berners. Am so very sorry to read about Porter. We lost Zephyr (#4) to MC 5 years ago this month. She was 5.5, but her first tumor showed at 18 months. It was up and down. Hang in there. Right now, one of my 7-year old boys (Barlow) has histiocytic sarcoma. It’s the same disease that took our second Berner. Hate this stuff, but love the dogs. I’ll keep you both in my thoughts. Good luck. Kathy

  8. Becky says:

    Although we don’t know one another we are joined by our love,life and loss of our beloved Berners. All I can say is try again. Amos,my 13 year old Berner died many years ago but beat all the odds to live a long life,filling mine with so much love,I miss him every day!

  9. Susie Crouse says:

    I had a Berner for 10 years. Been seeing how special you and Kineo have been. Could u help me find rescue or a real pure bread.? It’s been 8 years,, I’m not so scared now. If u know what I’m saying. Thanks

  10. RICHARD A. LORD says:

    You’re moving jobs…where and when, and will Caratunk still be your anchor spot?? Will be starting my Summer travels in your neck of the “woods” shortly, and as usual, based on health considerations of myself and Navigator…old bodies aren’t meant to last forever and the Almighty keeps giving us signs to slow down or stop hitting those logging roads!!

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