I love to train! When I was little, my mother took me and my sister to a “Bally’s” (now owned by L.A. Fitness) and we had gym memberships when we were 15. I still remember the smell of the chlorine and all of the silver and red of the now archaic “Nautilus” machines (which were the rage back then).
I guess one could say that by luck, I was “socialized” into the fitness and health lifestyle. Because of my early development, it became an important “identity” for me: To define myself as an “athlete.” I tried lots of different sports including power-lifting, body building, track and field, basketball, running, and most recently road cycling.
Here is a gallery of some recent athletic photos that I took with “Endy Photography” and the extremely talented and visionary Nathaniel Dodson (who also designed and created this website):
For me, there is something REALLY exhilarating about getting an endorphin rush early in the morning. I love to push myself to the limit, to see what my threshold is. For me, training and fitness is like breathing, I have to do it every day in order to feel “alive.” As I said, it’s a very major part of my identity.
Here is an example of a typical two hour indoor cycling workout (recorded by a Garmin 610–tracking heart rate over time) on that day I peaked at the end of my training session by touching my maximum heart rate of 197 beats per minute:
And of course, as I mentioned, my plan as a father is to fully introduce my daughter into the fitness and health oriented lifestyle, such as teaching her how to do a push up or the importance of proper hydration:
As soon as she’s old enough, it’s off to the gym with Daddy, to do squats and hammer curls! Look at those feet sticking out. My bet is that she’s going to be a Cross-Fit champ!