So it’s been a little crazy lately.  I’ve been training for quite sometime for this. March 11th i lost one of my best friends, business partner, who was like a brother to me.

Me, Steve, Brandi: Corona Del Mar to Dana Point Training Run

Steve Adler, it’s hard to believe that he is gone.  He passed away suddenly due to an aortic aneurism, it was the same thing that took his Fathers life when his Dad was 49, Steve was 40.  The last time i saw him was on March 7th when we did our last race together in San Pedro.  We drove up there together and then the plan was for me to paddle back to surfside for a training run.

Now everytime I look at my March 7th blog entry it reminds me about that day.  It is so hard to keep trucking along, but i know that Steve wouldn’t want it any other way.  He would heckle me so hard when i first decided to do the Catalina Challenge solo.  He was stoked for the reasoning behind it, but his way of getting me fired up to train was to heckle me.  One time i told him he was a jerk and hung up after a heckle session.  He texted me back and said, “are you pissed?”, I said “YES!”, he answered, “good then i did my job!”  Steve was one of the nicest humans i’ve ever known and he was one of those guys that, it was a privilege to call him a friend.  If you were friends with him, then you knew, he was one of your biggest cheerleaders!  Steve was training with me for this race before he passed away.   He was my coach last year for this same race when i did it as a relay with Bridgett.  He was going to be my coach again this year.  It’s just not going to be the same without him.  I’m just trying to get through this weekend and hope to raise lots more money.  But there is a huge piece of my life missing and it’s just weird.  Honestly, i have to say Stand Up Paddling is never going to be the same with out my friend Steve!

I miss you friend!

Last years Catalina Challenge: Steve on the right cheering me and Bridgett on. My son Taylor in the middle.