Judging from the number of hits this page has, either everyone wants to know more about who I am or they are trying to figure out where I live so they can end this mess I call a blog. In any case, I have decided that maybe a more thorough introduction is warranted.
My name is Greg and I’m a southern Asian Twinkie (yellow on the outside, white on the inside) raised in the super small town of South Hill, Virginia. This is where I began my infatuation with cycling. How I didn’t get shot while cruising the back roads beats me.
It was a desire to accumulate as many student loans as possible that finally led me away home. First I headed to upstate New York for college at Cornell University.After surviving the Ithaca winters, I headed back down south to Richmond, Virginia for med school and residency. As of November of 2009, I have been a proud resident of Kalispell, Montana.
While I rode a lot when I was in high school, I had pretty much given up cycling from college on. By the end of med school, I wasn’t exercising at all and I had started packing on the pounds faster than the British Economy.
Around the same time, my brother was shedding pounds as he was getting ready for the 2007 Ironman in Kona. It didn’t take much convincing to get me to tag along. I even had a chance to volunteer in the medical tent.
It would be an understatement to say that watching the Ironman in person was incredibly inspiring. I knew then I wanted to be an Ironman. So, when I got home, I just started running, swimming, and biking from scratch: 9-10 miles of running a week, 2 -4 laps a swimming a day, and 20-30 minutes of indoor cycling. At first, each workout was grueling, but I just kept telling myself, “well at least I didn’t have to ride 112 miles before this.” The Ironman had put everything into perspective.
With a lot of determination, time management, and a really supportive spouse, I found myself finishing the 2009 IM CDA in just under 14 hours. Somehow, over the course of 2.5 years, I had gone from couch potato to an Ironman finisher. This transformation has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and one I hope many others can one day experience.
Now, with any luck, I can go from finisher to competitor. This is where my blog begins.