So what’s the deal with this blog? Good question. Let me explain.
I’m an impressively less-than-average, middle-aged athlete that enjoys maintaining an active and (hopefully) healthy lifestyle. I’m also an I/T professional and have no desire to keep those two aspects of my life separate. My fitness interests revolve around the endurance sports, primarily swimming, biking, and running and all the technology surrounding them. As you can tell from my “Gear Closet” page, I’m an unabashed gadget collector. I generally try to get in at least one workout per day and that workout obviously has to end up in Garmin Connect, TrainingPeaks, and most importantly, Strava because we all know “if it ain’t on Strava, it didn’t happen.”
I try to enter a handful of races per year–not because I have any illusions (delusions?) of placing within my age-group but simply because I enjoy the vibe. Anywhere in the middle of the pack and I’m happy. Make it into the top quarter and it’s as good as a podium.
I sometimes think of fitness and endurance sports as my hobby. The usual definition, “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation” seems reasonable. Well, maybe not that part about “relaxation”, but you get the point. Other definitions of hobby include something along the lines of “an activity done during one’s leisure time” which then opens up all kinds of debate about fitness being leisurely or, as a hobby, even optional. Yeah, whatever. So lets compromise a bit and say that, for me, fitness is both a hobby (pursued for pleasure) and a lifestyle (defining a way in which I want to live.) That’s enough semantics for a while. Let’s move on.