Sunday, January 19, 2014

Early 2014 Goals | 200 miles

I often say to Jamie "you can't tame a mustang" to which she always responds "I'll let you know when I find one". And that is why I married her. This sciatica issue in my lower back is slow to heal. It's definitely getting better without running and a lot of core training. I need a goal though. One that keeps me on the right path and helps me focus.

When I have a fitness goal, everything else just falls into place. I can focus more at work, I never sway to eat bad food, my blood sugars are always in check. It just makes life better.

I can't run. I'm just getting back into swimming. What would the goal be? Bike, a lot. I'm going to do a 200 mile endurance ride (yes Mom, in one day). In California there is an organization that puts on the Triple Crown for any cyclist that has ridden three double centuries in one year, making the list of races/rides extensive. The one I am eying is in April in Hemet, California about 70 miles away from our home or the Central Coast Double in Paso Robles, CA about 300 miles away.

My goal is to complete the 200 mile event and a few time trials at Fiesta Island along the way. I can then reassess the sciatica situation at that point instead of dwelling on it day-by-day.

March 2, 2014 | Fiesta Island TT
March 29, 2014 | Fiesta Island TT
April 12, 2014 | Hemet Double Century
OR May 10, 2014 | Central Coast Double

On a totally unrelated note. Jamie had her SDSU Alumni Water Polo game on Saturday. Still killing it even as a Cassidy. Proud of her, picture below.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


When I was nearing the end of graduate school it was obvious that Jamie and I had to start making some life decisions together. It was around this same time that Insulindependence offered me a position. It was a chance to get down to San Diego with her while doing something I cared about and start our life together.

I remember before one of our last classes I told her that Insulindependence would be good for me, I'd learn a lot about diabetes. I was dead on correct. Over the last two and a half years I've learned a lot about my own diabetes. 

I've met great friends and learned from great people in diabetes. People with diabetes all over the spectrum; from Peter (founder) to Vic, Bill Carlson, Cliff Scherb and many more. If you don't know who those people are I suggest you investigate more about Insulindependence and learn about managing your diabetes with exercise. 

During my time at the organization I met many wonderful people outside of diabetes as well. I truly believe life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Timing is everything and now is the time to leave the comfort zone with my own business. "The distance between your dreams and reality is action", as my two Grandfather's and Dad have instilled in me, it is now time to be an entrepreneur and follow my dreams. 

EcoKable is a new business I started along with Kristian who is taking a chance on me. We have big dreams to create electronics that are better for the environment. More of the story from a local newspaper here.