My physical fitness background is primarily in swimming. I swam in high school and in college at the Virginia Military Institute. I was in the service with George and like him I was a surface rescue swimmer. I’ve coached people from the ages of 5 – 18 in swimming. I make my home now in rural South Dakota. There are not any pools close by so I’m mostly into running and calisthenics. I enjoy target shooting and like to watch the biathlon during the winter Olympics. I like the sport not so much for what is today but for what it evolved out of: a competition designed to test military skills necessary for the mountains; skiing and shooting. The original biathlon was called the “military patrol.” The participant had to cross country ski 25 km and change elevation at least 500 m and carry his service rifle and a pack of 25 kg. Since I’m not swimming much any more I plan on trying to set up my own impromptu Military Patrol course here in South Dakota for my own physical fitness benefit. Unfortunately I haven’t cross country skied much so that’s what I plan on working on in the winter.
Random facts about me: I like flintlock firearms and old military bolt action rifles from the era of 1870s to 1918. I got my degree in mechanical engineering and I can really appreciate the design that went into these old weapons using traditional materials wood and steel not aluminum and plastic. I’m a big fan of craftsmanship and rifles made by the human master rather than the programmed computer. I’m not going to say I have a tech phobia but I definitely think we as the human race lose something every time a computer does something for us our brains could.
On a side note I’m not as hot as Tim Graef… Then again who is? Haha
– Tristan Euritt