So here I am, going to be a blogger. Most of my public internet conversations are limited to 140 characters so this is going to be a change for me. But now I am going to open up and let it all hang out in this blog. Hopefully I can be somewhat entertaining and make it worth your while. I don't know how often I'm going to be updating this blog but keep checking back.
A little bit about me. I'm 32 years old (33 in a few days), born and raised in Detroit, married, no kids, 2 Siberian Huskies, and I work in IT for a bank. For a hobby I race triathlon. I mostly like to do Ironman distance races but I'll race pretty much any distance. I've always had some sort of a hobby. Before I did triathlons I was racing dirt bikes. The problem there was the high risk of injury and the increasing costs of equipment. It would cost me close to $300 a weekend to go riding somewhere. So I found cycling and found that I really liked it. A friend at work was doing Team in Training and told me I should try doing a triathlon. I told her I couldn't swim and I hated running. She eventually convinced me and I signed up for a sprint. I worked really hard on learning to swim. I would watch Youtube video's on my bed and try to mimic the stroke. Then going to the lake to practice. I wanted to make sure I could swim a little bit before I actually went to a pool. The night before the race, I actually had really bad food poisoning. I woke up the next day and thought I put too much time to just skip it. So on the way to the park I picked up a Red Bull (which was a bad idea) and went on to the race. I was so nervous waiting to for the gun to go off. Once the gun shot all the nerves went away and I was off. I had trouble keeping my hr down thanks to the Red Bull. Crossing the finish line for the time was amazing for me even though it was a local race. Finally I did my first triathlon and completely fell in love. It was the toughest thing I ever did and I was so excited.
It was all downhill from there. I ended up doing 3 more races in the next 4 weeks. So here I am now going on my 5th year of racing and I still love it like the first race. I've done over 25 races including 2 full Ironman. As for results, I've done much better than I did that first race. I've had some good sucesses in the sport and that's what really drives me. Triathlon has brought a lot of structure to my life and helped me be a better person.
So keep watching world. 2011 is going to be a great year. I have 3 Full IM's scheduled and a few other smaller races. I am also a member of Gear and Training's triathlon team. You can actually go there and use coupon AG12 and save 20% and free shipping on all orders over $150. They seem like great people and I am really looking forward to this year and all the things to come.