As many of you know first-hand, Chris was an amazing athlete. In July he went 10:11:04 at Ironman Lake Placid, besting his fastest Ironman time by more than a half hour in what was a non-wetsuit swim (he was pretty damn proud of that).
He was a fixture of the local race circuit up here in the Northeast but had a circle of friends that extended far and wide, coast to coast, and beyond the U.S.
Chris was super smart, super social and had strong opinions about racing, training, and just about everything else. He was irrepressible -- in person or on-line. He's going to be missed for his sharp wit, his competitive spirit, his big heart and his loyal friendship. For those that perhaps didn't know Chris well, you'll see posts and pictures throughout ST that illustrate very well the kind of competitor and human being he was. Chris walked the walk, and challenged others to live life in the same way. This was his real gift to those that knew him.
Most important though, Chris was a dedicated and loving father and husband. Training for Ironman, he'd set off at 4:30 AM routinely no matter how cold or wet the weather. Come hell or high water, he was back at the house when the kids woke up. His job was putting them on the bus, and I dont think he ever missed that responsibility when he wasn't out of town on business.
In short, he loved his family as intensely as he did everything else. This was Chris' finest achievement.
He was far too young and this is very confusing for those of us that are close to him. We'll never really get over it. But, if there's any comfort at all, we should try and remember that Chris left this life doing something he was passionate about and that his family was there when he passed.
To whichever higher power you might subscribe, please keep his wife and children in your thoughts and prayers.
We'll miss you Chris.