So I've decided I would like to try out blogging because ALL the cool people are doing it...
But seriously, I plan to use this blog to keep family, friends, and other supporters up to date on what I've been doing. A little background information on me...
I was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. Yes, it's cold there. I learned to skate when I was three, tried out speedskating for a little, then found I loved hockey. I always loved sports and picked up soccer at a young age as well. I played both sports year round and loved it.
|Where I spent my nights living in Minnesota...so many memories|
I also fell in love with the mountains on family vacations to Estes Park.
|Taking a break on the trail with my dad and brother|
In high school, I began to focus more on hockey. I had always liked the physically difficult aspects of practices in both sports, and loved the training for hockey. I began attending FHIT (a training center for hockey) and was taught my way around a gym by a guy who still remains one of my heroes to this day, Chris J. To this day, I credit him for enjoying sore legs.
Don't get me wrong, I loved the soccer team at my high school. Our team spoke over 12 different languages but played with one goal in mind.
I ended up choosing to attend Colorado State University for a couple reasons. The civil engineering program was well known, there were mountains close by, and there was a club hockey team.
My freshman year, I played club hockey at CSU. To make a long story short, I was disappointed with my experience. Going to CSU, I knew the surrounding area was prime for biking. The spring of my freshman year, a teammate's girlfriend on the hockey team recommended I give the CSU Triathlon Team a whirl. I went to a swim practice, got my butt kicked, and was hooked. I had very little experience swimming other than using it as cross-training for hockey or to keep me sane when injured from running.
I bought my first road bike that spring and road up to Estes Park. I had always wanted to do the ride.