I never thought I would be the kind of person who would enjoy pushing my heart rate so high that it would make me sick. Who does that? I was the guy who would look at weekend runners in the park and think, “I sorta get it, but who wants be out of breath for hours on end?” Somewhere, somehow, I made the transition. I don’t question it too much because not only am I happier now than I’ve ever been, but the change has made my life exponentially better.
Seven years ago as a 36-year-old overweight guy with high cholesterol and a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoking habit, I decided that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. At that time, not only did I change almost all of my bad habits, but I decided to get into shape. As a cycling enthusiast my entire life, I was able to start riding my bike the way I had always wanted to (and by that, I mostly mean consistently).
After being on the bike for a while, dropping a significant amount of weight and getting into shape, running seemed like the next challenge to tackle. And I loved it. In fact, it turns out I loved it more than the bike (which I never thought would happen). After training for my first marathon (who is this person I’ve become?!?), triathlons seemed like the next logical step. But since I have an irrational fear of open water, I settled into life as a runner and cyclist (although I still do about two tri’s every year).
I’ve learned a ton in my short time as an endurance sports enthusiast and have recently started sharing that knowledge as a blogger. Check it out when you get a chance along with my Facebook page and Twitter feed. I discuss everything running, cycling and (sometimes) swimming. From the technology we use to music and nutrition; from finding the perfect shoe to finding the right group of people to work out with every week – nothing is off limits. I also review races and marathons I do (and some I’ve already done).
Nothing makes me happier than to look in my closet and see sneakers that are so old and dirty, I just can’t put any more miles on them – the perfect excuse to go out and buy more exercise gear (also where I came up with the blog name)! My daytime job is in PR and marketing, so I like to think I can see through most of the hype when doing a product review, but at the end of the day, I’m still just another consumer.
I hope I can become a resource for motivation or just a place where you can come and laugh at some of the (hopefully) same things you’re going through in your training – validating our obsessive nature and crazy way of looking at the world.