I started riding motorcycles in college at the age of 21. I was a Navy Midshipmen at the University of Utah. There were two other midshipman at my unit who rode sportbikes as well. Yep, I was living the dream. I wore the dress white uniform on a landlocked college campus and I had a "starter" Honda CBR 600. With absolutely no training I blasted up and down Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons with my friends. After a few close calls I finally totalled that bike in a wreck. So...I got another Honda. I rode that bike hard for a few more years in Utah. Come to think of it, I am pretty fortunate to be here.
Fast forward a bunch of years. I didn't ride another motorcycle for a really long time. It was about 14 year gap. There were multiple careers, a marriage, a divorce, worldwide travel and adventures. Even though I didn't ride in all that time I never ever forgot the feeling I had when I was on the bike. I was untrained but I remember being faster than most. It felt like something was missing.
So in 2014 I returned from living and working in Afghanistan for 2 years. That time in Afghanistan taught me a valuable lesson. Do what makes you happy in this life because we are here for such a short time. Don't worry what other people say or think about you. It just doesnt matter.
So there I was with a heathly outlook on life. I was taking a break from working while living in San Francisco. My roomate had a motorcycle and then it hit me. Why am I not on a motorcycle? So I went and bought a new 2014 Ducati 899. However this time I did things differently. I educated myself about how to really ride. Then I was introduced to track days. It was an instant addiction! I had to get better a being fast. I completed the California Superbike School series. Then I completed a Jason Pridemore riding school. I kept getting faster and faster. I kept going to track days. Did a weekend school with Keigwins@thetrack. I couldn't believe how much I progressed in a short about of time.
So the relatinships I build in the motorcycle community led to my current job as a Salesperson at the Marin Speed Shop. This also led to me becoming an on track instructor for FunTrackDayz. I will also be competing during the 2016 race season with the American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM #769). I have no idea what is in store for me. Who knows how I will fare in with the other competitors. All I know is there is nothing like pushing your own personal limits on a motorcycle. I can't think of anything else that puts a grin on my face like going fast.