About

My name is Martin.

I could stop right there but since I opted to create an about page I guess I should flesh it out a bit more, and besides, a Blogger Profile is only so good.

I'm an aspiring endurance athlete. I have been riding bicycles for many years and running for a few years. My friends love to ask me when I'm going to start swimming.

This film says a lot.


Athletics
When I was a young kid I didn't like being physically active that much. I recall being a huge complainer when my parents dragged me out to go hiking. In high school I started playing soccer and rowed on a crew team and I credit crew for finally helping me turn the corner. I tried out for the Junior National boat at one point and although I didn't qualify, I stopped being so scared of working hard.

In college I had to decide between crew and being a ski bum. I opted for the later. The allure of living at a ski area and playing in the snow every single day was too strong. For the next four years I lived full-time at a ski area every winter to teach skiing and work on the ski patrol.

I started cycling because a couple of guys in my fraternity that I looked up to rode bikes. I started racing bicycles because one of the guys I rode with started to race and place. "He's racing, placing in the top 10 and we're the same speed..." You get the idea. Here is more about cycling.

I started running because Shelley turned me on to it. I started running on trails (ironically the very same ones I used to dread while hiking) because a good friend was recovering from an injury and was using cycling to assist in his recovery. He joined the cycling team I was on and the healthier he got the more time we spent on our feet instead of on wheels. I started entering running races because it seemed like the natural thing to do. Here is more about running.

Hanging out with an active crowd sure pays off.

Writing/Blogging
I started to like writing back in high school. I took Honors English and Creative Writing and from what I recall it was a mostly enjoyable experience in spite of what my very average grades might suggest and from what my parents might recall when it was time for me to do my homework. Finishing a research paper was like pulling teeth but most every other writing assignment I took to with some degree of enthusiasm.

In addition to enjoying writing I also loved reading. There were times when I was consuming three books at once by the light of my bedside lamp. My favorites of course included all the usual stuff introverted, shy, nerdy junior high and high school boys read like the Dune series, anything written by J. R. R. Tolkien or Stephen King and Louis L'Amour. God did I love the Louis L'Amour books... Every time we flew anywhere I would buy another book at the airport and finish it by the time the plane landed. We flew a fair amount so thank goodness Louis was prolific.

As I grew older first television and then magazines (VeloNews and Cycle Sport mostly) and then the Internet replaced the books I read but the urge to write was still there so in 2003 I started keeping an online training diary to chart and track my cycling. My first foray into keeping a diary was kind of dry but over time it was a chance to not only record my physical efforts but also to comment on myself. It seems speaking in the third person is still a habit of mine. I also enjoyed commenting on pretty much everything so in 2006 I launched my first blog. After several restarts of my blog, some facilitated by a change in careers (I moved from the bicycle industry to IT), this Google blog is me starting over from scratch once again.

Blogs are a dime a dozen really and mine is no different; but writing is fun and often therapeutic and sometimes like catharsis. Plus, when you get a positive comment or praise for a post well done it's a nice little pat on the back. I don't worry much about the other comments. I also still like to chart and track stuff and being able to search my blog makes those things easier to find. Lastly, sharing is fun. I would hardly use the Internet if I didn't like to share.

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