Thursday, May 21, 2009

Steve Larsen

I know I haven't blogged in quite awhile, but I find myself today unable to shake my sadness over the death of a man I didn't even know. Steve Larsen, former professional cyclist and triathlete, collapsed and died yesterday during a track workout. He was just 39 years old and he leaves behind a wife and five young children.

Five young children. Just the thought of it makes me cry.

From interviews I have heard with him, it was clear that Steve was a great dad and devoted family man. He appeared to place his role as a father clearly well ahead of his personal ambitions as an athlete, which sadly seems to be a rarity among athletes as gifted and driven as he. And, for that, I had great respect for the man.

Just so sad. I'm going home now to hug my kids.


  1. Steve,

    That is real sad news. I feel the same sentiment with my family of 4 boys. Life can be short.

    I saw your name on the Kettle list as well as Ice Age again.

    I will be there as well.

    How about we run a mile together?

  2. Sounds good, Matthew. Seems like a pretty good way to celebrate life. I think Steve would agree :)