Erik Roner Died suddenly today in a freak skydiving accident up in tahoe. He was part of a group which included very seasoned skydivers, JT Holmes and Aaron McGovern. The crew were jumping into a Golf Tournament opening when Roner hit a tree and died instantly.
I would like to dedicate this post to the amazing character and life of a true adventurer whom I looked up to very much. This hits quite hard not because of the situation in which he died but in his age (39) and the fact that he is leaving behind a wife and two small children. This absolutely crushes my heart when I think about them .
As a man and adventure seeker I tend to get tunnel vision into what is driving me to fulfill that hole that constantly needs to be filled. And though I do not know his wife I am sure that she, like my own wife, holds her fears and comments sometimes out of the love of the person that he is. This is something that she, along with the other wives who have lost their husbands through sport or adventure, have to deal with daily. The pain is completely incomprehensible, and for that I send out my deepest prayers and love.
According to Teton Gravity Research, Roner's favorite saying was, "Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death."- Hunter S. Thompson. This thrill I know was tempered by his beautiful children who will now have to grow with their father through memories and stories from the countless lives he touched along the way. Fatherhood is a calling, as is the desire to live and experience life at its peak. Struggle lies between the duty of fatherhood and the dedication to your calling. May we all take a moment to reflect on our own balances and juggles of life and make sure that not one is more dominant than the other.
Finally I want to make one gesture to the life and drive that this young man had. I am sure that there are going to be many critics who will jump on the bandwagon and perpetuate the fear-mongering that comes with adventure and sport. Danger Lurks! They will say. Well yes, danger lurks everywhere but that is merely an invitation to step into life instead of sitting on the sidelines. I still would rather die on my feet with a full heart than live on my knees cowering to my brains manifestation of fear. And to Jt Homes who has watched so many friends die in the same way, I'm sorry bro. My prayers go out to you as well.
12 marching High Kicks
10 GHD Hip Extention
12 Glute Bridge With Reach
8 Romanian Deadlifts 115/75
8 Barbell Bent Over Rows
8 Strict Ring Dips
8 Good Mornings
Build to 1 RM Deadlift.
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