Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I’m just an age group triathlete out of Southern California but have a ton of stories and useful, and some useless, information….Hope you enjoy following along. I do my best to keep my blog up to date with everything I have going on. Enjoy!
Hometown: Calabasas Ca
Current City: Westlake Village Ca
Division: M 40-44
Grew up in Southern California and still reside here. I love it here. You literally have anything and everything here. Some bad, but far and away, mostly good. Always been active growing up. Played Pop Warner Football as well as track and field for a few years. In high school I played two years of football. At the same time in high school I was also surfing pretty much everyday. I surfed for about 8-10 years until I moved on to Motocross.
At the age of 21, I bought my first MX bike…Kx 250 and I was hooked. For the next 10 years I achieved Pro Status and held an AMA Pro License for several years. I also had the unique and fortunate opportunity to work with most of the major magazines as a test consultant and photo subject. Mxracer, Transworld MX, and Dirt Rider to name a few. Towards the end of my MX career, I was mainly focusing on Off-road racing, Grand Prix’s and Desert Racing. The problem with motocross and off-road racing was getting hurt so often. When you are young, it’s not so much of a problem but when you get a bit older and responsibilities start to add up, getting hurt can screw things up pretty bad. So I felt I should move on to something slightly less dangerous.
Bring on Golf and Poker. First, Golf. I started playing golf in 2004. As with anything I do, I dove in head first and was playing and practicing all the time. I was at the range during my lunch hours, playing 9 holes before work….and after! I loved it though. I eventually got my handicap down to just below a 2. One of the best parts of golf was its business applications. Playing with customers and suppliers opened up a huge world of networking and was a great way to meet new people. I would also take golf based vacations and have been fortunate to play some of the nicest and most exclusive courses in the world.
Poker came on my radar in about 2000. I started playing mostly online and in some of the card rooms here in So Cal. Actually, truth be told, it started out with Blackjack. I had a desire to learn how to count cards. I studied that for a year or so and after becoming proficient at it but decided it wasn’t for me and I transitioned to poker. After playing a year or so online, I began to make friends with some of the top players. It was cool because we could play all the time together and meet up at all the major WSOP tourneys around the country. We had a good time. I played in the World Series main event 2 times but have played in several WSOP preliminary events. Poker lasted a lot longer than Blackjack, but I still decided it wasn’t for me. The worst part about poker is the players. Some are great and I have made some friends for life but the majority are just degenerate gambler assholes. So I burned out after a while….the hours and amount of time it took was also a major contributing factor.
Golf and poker had one big problem in common….lack of physical activity. In other words, I was getting FAT! More on that in a little bit.
I’m a super competitive person and I love racing. Having pretty much hung up the MX thing, I decided to build a race car. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do…first thought was to go rally racing. After some investigation, I realized that would be too expensive. A good friend of mine worked for Sparco USA, a race car safety company, and he introduced me to the world of Time Attack. Time Attack is a race against the clock. Very much like drag racing but on a road course. Best lap time wins. Most of the cars built for this form of racing are imports….kind of like The Fast and The Furious, only our cars actually perform. You can read more about this little adventure at NNIRacing.com
Auto racing also didn’t bring very much in the way of physical activity either. So at the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010, I decided to get back in shape. I started running with my girlfriend and doing some local 5K’s and 10K’s. I also started lifting weights with some old buddy’s of mine that I had reconnected with. I was doing that about 3-4 days a week. I had a good time with it but I’m not really a gym person. I can’t tell you the exact moment I decided to do a triathlon…it just sort of happened. I remember that I bought my girlfriend and I bikes at the beginning of March 2010 and did my first triathlon ( a reverse tri) at the end of March. I’ve always been a good swimmer from surfing so that part was easy. Cycling also came easy to me and over the last year, I have improved a ton. Running has been a tough go but improvements are being made.
Again, thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope to see you at the races!