Mountain biking on Mt. Charleston was my first athletic cycling experience when I was in college, UNLV, in 1995. After that, I went to Africa with the Peace Corps and they gave me a brand new Trek mtn bike for transportation. I never competed in cycling till I entered a triathalon in 2007 borrowing a friend's TT bike. My first cycling race was the Mt. Whitney Stage Race in 2013, three months after buying my first road bike. That event opened my eyes to the high level of strength and endurance in competitive cycling. I thought it would be an awesome feat to be competitive with that crowd so I continue to train.