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What We Are All About
We created this blog and website as a place to have fun, blog about our love of running, triathlon, good food, cooking, healthy living, Pilates, and life in general. We also want it to be a place where athletes can come to get the latest information on running and fitness electronics and software. Our emphasis is mainly on running, biking, swimming and outdoor electronics, but anything electronic that is fun and useful in sports is fair game.
By day I’m the vp of engineering at a consumer electronics company in Cincinnati. By night I’m a runner and triathlete who loves cool gadgets. I got started into triathlon six years ago as a way to get some exercise, and I’ve never looked back. Along the way, I started to get more serious about how to measure my fitness progress (or lack thereof :-)), and decided to get a heart rate monitor. Then came the GPS watches, bike computers, indoor trainers, and so it continues. Being the techno junkie that I am, I’ve collected my share of hardware along the way. I’ve learned some things, and made too many mistakes to count. I thought this site might be a good way to share those ideas and mistakes, and help some people learn about running and triathlon electronics hardware and apps. I also thought it would be a good way to keep everyone up to date with the latest, coolest stuff, and tell a story or two along the way.
From the ages of five to sixteen the only things of interest to me athletically involved ballet shoes and tutus. While dance took more discipline, dedication and physical stamina than one might imagine, I still found myself too intimidated to branch out into the world of sports. When fear eventually took a back seat, a whole new world opened up to me. I started rock climbing and running in college, then in 2006 I moved to Colorado and decided I wanted to give triathlons a whirl, after all that’s what people in Colorado do, right? So I bought a bike and taught myself how to swim with the help of a handy dvd. From there I did my first sprint and olympic distance triathlons. I found the energy and adrenaline of triathlons to be something irresistible! Due to knee issues related to a chronically tight IT band, I had to take a break from running so I started to get into Pilates to help lengthen and strengthen some of the smaller and deeper muscles supporting the skeleton. In 2010 I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio with my wonderful hubby and golden doodle, who we love to spoil and bring on running adventures. I am a Pilates instructor and oncology social worker who loves to dabble in all things athletic! I hope to share with you how my encounters with various fitness electronics have aided in this ballerina goes sporty spice story of mine…
Growing up I played every sport imaginable. Soccer and track & field (jumps and sprints in particular) were my passions, and I got to be rather good at them, becoming a collegiate letterman in both sports. After graduating from college I moved to Denver, Colorado where I met my amazing wife, Katie (another Fitness Electronics blogger). Katie got me hooked on triathlon.
My first swim was about as far from a thing of beauty as you can get. Now, however, about three-years removed from that flailing day in the pool, I complete (and compete) in distances up to a half-ironman and I hope to add the Ironman distance to my race accomplishments this year.
By day, I am a third-year law student with one semester left. By night and weekend, I swim, bike, run, and strength train. Triathlon filled a void left behind when I hung up my soccer cleats and running spikes. Now it keeps me both physically & mentally healthy as I complete law school, prepare for the bar, and look forward to beginning my career.
I personally feel that the benefit of electronics to a triathlete cannot be overstated. Clearly they are not a necessary part of the sport, but they make the pursuit more enjoyable (underwater headphones) and more precise (heart rate monitors and bike computers) and they fill many other needs in between.
I will blog about workouts that have kicked my butt, nutrition I am trying, and the gear and electronics I use/try/sample/love/hate during my triathlon pursuits.
I am hopeful that my blogs make your pursuit of a fit and active lifestyle easier and more enjoyable.