Harleys in the TX Hill Country || 4K Drone Footage

What do you get when you mix technology professionals, motorcycles, and a DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter shooting in 4K?  Magic. You get magic.

Please enjoy this collaboration between the Sons of Technology and Jackson Dyre-Borowicz. Filmed spring of 2015 in the Texas Hill Country.

Music provided courtesy of “Waylon Speed”
http://www.waylonspeed.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waylon…

All riders members of the “Sons of Technology”, A group of High Tech professionals living in Austin, Tx,
http://www.sonsoftechnology.org/
http://www.meetup.com/Sons-of-Technol…

Edits, Production, and Color Correction by @IanMacDowell, Co-Founder and Brand Captain – Sons of Technology Austin.

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Sons of Technology

Before sitting down to write this post, I was checking emails at home. Out of the office, but not unplugged. Client emails, deadlines, and a loaded backlog – standard workload for a software professional. Finishing the last few words of the perfect follow up on my iPhone, I hit send, stand up, and walk out the door.

It’s a clear night in Austin, TX. Thank God, because it’s been raining for a week straight. Walking to the garage, there is a standard routine. Throw on a helmet and buckle the chinstrap. Then I slip on gloves, throw a leg over, and put the key in the ignition. As I push that start button, the pistons fire. A classic American exhaust note bounces off of the walls. I kick the stand and am gone.

In the Silicon Hills its hard to stay away from technology. It lives here in everything the city does. Aside from BBQ, Longhorns, and live music, software is probably the next that comes to mind. Developers, salespeople, QA, designers, entrepreneurs, all the way up to senior executives – Austin affords them all the ability to pursue any number of passions. It’s hard to beat. If you’re lucky enough, like I have been, you will connect with like minded individuals.

That’s how it all started. One day, leaving the office to a note on my bike. I’d learn a local entrepreneur and startup leader was looking to ride with others that share a common tie to the technology community. Joining a small group, we all rode to Doc’s and the rest is history.

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The Sons of Technology is an Austin based professional network for riders with technical occupations. We ride out together, meet regularly to share thoughts and ideas, and ultimately provide an outlet for not just recreational but personal and professional growth – because we all know that time is best used when building towards something with heart and balance. So if you’re passionate about life on two wheels, and escape the daily grind with every twist of the throttle, come on out and ride with us. You just might meet a future employer, business partner, or good friend.

Hill Country in Black and White

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Throttle Out!

Well it’s been way too long since I posted. No excuses, but I promise I haven’t been wasting time.

Aside from work and travel there’s been plenty of creating awesome. Recently that’s been with work on my bike, and riding in the hill country.

Enjoy.

2013

This January marks the third year that I have been blogging. Since graduating school and starting a career, I have found myself posting less content. Moving forward, I plan on making more time to travel, write, and compete.

After completing my first marathon in 2012 I have found the goals I set have drastically changed. My passions have always been the outdoors, traveling, photography, and sharing these experiences with family and friends. Climbing, skiing, fishing, and golf have a new addition. Competition. After leaving high school and going to college my competitive athletic drive was channeled into mainly golf. While golf will remain a lifetime passion and love of mine, I have found that really and truly pushing your own limits can be the most rewarding experience on many levels. I continue to run after 26.2, and don’t believe that I will ever stop. Physically, I think I am starting 2013 in the best shape of my life, I have to wonder what the year will bring. I plan on running in an assortment of 5k and 10k races, but my goals are set towards moving into triathlon. Specifically events like: Capital of Texas Triathlon, Tri Rock Austin, and the culmination of 2013 Ironman 70.3 Austin.

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I couldn’t be happier living in Austin, the city offers an ideal balance for what I love about life. Climbing, running, and training keep me busy when I need my outdoors fix. The thing I am most grateful for after such a great 2012 are the friendships that I have made after moving. I have good old friends, and met the new ones who I can tell will remain a rock for me here in Austin. After a year I couldn’t be more thankful for these amazing people to share experiences with, and learn from. I’m very blessed.

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Professionally, I am blessed with the flexibility to travel and there are several trips that I have planned for 2013. Most notably, I am hoping to travel to Yosemite to climb Half Dome, and then back to the Tetons to bag the Grand. During 2012 I wasn’t able to spend as much time in the mountains as I’d hoped, and this year I am going to dust of the pack and get back. Surprisingly, while I was in Utah my climbing experience was limited to scrambling, and the Greenbelt (Pics) has really helped me improve my knowledge of true technical climbing. Climbing at my limit currently is around 5.10b and I hope to move into the 5.11 range in 2013.

The Grand Teton.

The Grand Teton.

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My next adventure in the short term will be a trip back home to see my family in Utah. Storm cycles have been sweeping through the Wasatch, and I need to get some turns in! I will have to try out the new GoPro 3 and see if I can get any footy worthy of blogging about. Little Cottonwood anyone? Speaking of family, I have to include this picture of my brother, sister, and I at Stephanie’s wedding! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013 for my family.

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I’m gonna wrap this post up with a video that really helps me set the tone for how I want to approach this year.

 

 

26.2 – Rock N Roll Las Vegas Marathon

After 5 long months of training I finally made it. I completed the Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon. From the early morning wake ups, to the weekends sacrificed for long runs, it was all so worth it.

My family came out to support me and we stayed at the Wynn hotel right on the strip. It was an incredibly nice place to stay. The whole venue was really impressive for my first marathon. On Saturday before the race we went to the Expo and then a Cirque du Soleil show that night.

At the start line I have never been so pumped, nervous, or excited for an event. Walking into my corral and preparing to start the 26.2 mile journey seemed like an experience bigger than me. I kept thinking that I had done my homework. I had run all of my long runs, figured out what fluids and nutrition to take, and I knew my goal. I wanted to break 4:30.

There are some things I never will forget about that race. I remember the feeling of starting down the strip with THOUSANDS of spectators cheering us on, to heading out to the middle of nowhere in North Las Vegas where it was quiet and lonely.

At mile 16 I had a moment where I thought I was hitting the wall. My legs felt light and my head dizzy. After pounding an impromptu gu, and a pack of salt, I was able to get a second wind.

As we made our way back to the strip at mile 25 I had intense cramps and will never forget the help of fellow competitor. A guy stopped and said “Tell your body to f*** off! We have one mile left! Run it off”. At hearing this I had a huge shot of adrenaline and started sprinting with this man to the finish line.

At that point I saw my Mom, Dad, and little brother as I kicked to the finish line. I crossed the line at 4 hours and 19 minutes. Over ten minutes better than my goal of 4:30.

It’s bittersweet to be done with the marathon. It really did become a new way of life. I certainly will not stop running, or competing in events like this. I think I will run the half marathon in Austin this February, and then do the Cap Tex triathlon this summer.

I have to thank my family and friends for all of their support through this experience. I love you guys!

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My First Stab at Videography: Seismic Wall Edit

Filming is hard. It takes hours and hours of different shots, frames and perspectives to create something that is visually appealing. To this point I haven’t done any filming with my 60D. I forgot my tripod, my focusing technique isn’t that great, and I know what I need to work on, but this first edit was still fun.

Make sure to watch in 720p!

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