For me personally, it helps me recover faster from rigorous training & racing, and it aids in the health of my skin amidst Hawaii’s brutal sun.
Mostly, I simply enjoy competition along with the many intricacies of training to get faster. Plus, the ability to continue competing into my 40’s at a high level has been a blast – something I didn’t foresee 10-15 years ago. And now I see guys out there in there 50’s who are just as fast – if not faster! Very inspiring and nice to know I potentially have many more years of racing ahead of me.
I love riding hills! They never seem to become boring which makes it easier to get out the door and push hard. My favorite is a 4-hour loop in hilly South Kona with about 8,000-ft of climbing consisting of numerous 12-20 minute climbs.
I spent the first 30-years of my life in Colorado with life initially revolving around ski racing as I became one of the top-ranked juniors in the country. Then came the “fork in the road” when I opted to instead pursue the college-route at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A few years later in 2001, I moved to the Big Island and shortly thereafter found my current job as Director of Sales & Marketing for Fair Wind Cruises in Keauhou. My wife (Rani) and I met in 2007 and recently had our first baby (Cole) in 2013.
Be smart, take care of your skin, look after your health, take your BioAstin and get checked by a dermatologist.