Friday, November 5, 2010


Tomorrow is the big 3-0. I really thought I would be dead or in jail by this point, but in a surprising twist, I actually grew up. Homeowner, reliable job, baby due in 6 days. Things have changed a lot from college where it was drinking, smoking and doing drugs (not the bad kind, just weed) on a daily basis.

Moving back to PA changed my life in a good way. I realized that I was overweight and saw all the other people around me were overweight and did not want to end up like that. I really buckled down, counted my calories, ate only whole, healthy foods and lost the 65 pounds that was weighing me down. Who knew that diet and exercise actually worked!

Living in CO, I never realized I was overweight. Everyone is so active there. I was extremely active as well, but still ate like crap. I drove to the mountains almost every weekend to ski, rode my bike around Denver's beautiful paved trails and even tried to climb Mt Evans one time. I only made it 1/4 of the way up.

I can pretty much say with certainty that I am in the best shape of my life these days. Completed my first marathon about a month ago with several more on the horizon for next year. Olympic Tris this summer moving up to 70.3 distance next summer. Maybe even an Ultra Marathon 50k trail run thrown in.

I had an internal interview this morning for a different department as well. It is a lateral move but the ladder goes much higher than where I currently am. I'm in a pretty good mood!


  1. YAY for 30! Have a blast!!

    And do the ULTRA!! you'll thank me for pushing you to do it . . . once you cross the finishline!

    The. beard. rocks.

  2. Happy birthday tomorrow! As 30 is far in my rearview mirror, I can honestly say the best is yet to come, especially becoming a father.

  3. Great post! I do sometimes feel I'm overweight instead of my constant training...

    Good luck on your endeavors...

    --kizzy smartwool

  4. Yay, now you're old, just like me.
    Nice introspective post :)

    I wish I still lived up there with you guys, I would be a whole lot more motivated to get swimming, etc. and it would be fun to train for a half together (even though I'd be hours behind you- ha!).

  5. Hoping your birthday was wonderful [yesterday]!! :)

  6. Happy Belated 30th Birthday!!! I was sick last week and missed a bunch of posts! Sorry I'm late! I hope you had a great day!

  7. A little late, but congrats on 3-0. I'll be joining you in December. Full Ironman before 35?