I’m basically a geeky guy with nearly no natural athletic ability. I didn’t participate in any sports in high school, and only did a little intermittent running through age 40. A few months after my 40th birthday (in 2005), I decided to start running again. To keep myself motivated, I ran my first 5k (Susan Komen Race for the Cure). I liked the competitive aspect of the race, and it helped me to be more consistent with my running and training.
In 2007 I signed up for my first triathlon. Like many things in my life, it started with the thought… “well, how hard could it be?”. About 6 weeks before the triathlon, I decided that I should probably buy a road bike rather than my full suspension mountain bike. That went well, so 4 weeks prior to the race, I decided I should probably practice swimming. I went down to the local lake to “blast out” a quick 500 yards. Much to my surprise, I was sputtering and gasping for air after about 20 yards of swimming. I quickly perfected my side stroke as a backup plan. My first sprint triathlon actually went fairly well (once I side stroked my way through the swim) and I was hooked on the sport. I started a Tri class that winter and at least learned the basics of swimming and training for triathlons. I gradually went moved to longer events, with my first half marathon in 2008, first marathon in 2009, first 1/2 IM in 2010, and first full IM in 2011. I survived being completely run over by a pickup in the summer of 2012, and invested heavily in rehab and training and completed another half and full Ironman races in 2013. In 2015 I went through the training & testing, and became a USAT certified level I & USAC certified level 3 coach.
Besides training and participating in the events, I also enjoy learning about training philosophy/strategy, nutrition, and general wellness. As the leader of a local business, I have used some of the concepts I have learned to implement a new wellness program, to help our employees live and enjoy healthier lifestyles. I tweet regularly on training & wellness at @GGTriGeek.
I appreciate your interest in my site/blog. I’d appreciate any constructive comments on the information I share… there is always something new for me to learn.