My name is Ken Nakata and I started this blog at 49 years old. Some might say that I look a decade younger than I really am, but I know the truth– I’m a much older and rapidly aging guy who thinks he still has the body of an 18 year old. I’ve been obsessed all of my life with running and cycling. I ran my first (and still only) marathon when I was 15 years old and was a Cat 3 cyclist for a year or two in college. I was never THAT fast running, as my PR for the 10K is only about 35:40 and about 1:18 for the half-marathon– but that was at least two decades ago. I’m in denial that I can’t get back to my running glory days. My cycling, however, hasn’t been hit as hard; my 40K TT PR of 58:30 was only set two years ago. Thankfully, advances in aerodynamics have surpassed the rate of my fitness decline.
I created this blog as my personal time machine– a potentially futile attempt to race like a much younger guy again. There are plenty of ideas that I read about, tinker with, and frankly lose a ton of sleep over– all in an attempt to go fast, stay injury-free, and enjoy the illusion of being younger. Somehow, these keep me at the top of my age group in local events but squarely middle-of-the-pack at national events. I needed a way to track and organize all of these ideas– and a blog is a great way to do that. Hopefully, it will help other folks who will follow in my footsteps. If you’re in my age group (if you’ve been to USAT Duathlon Nationals, you know who you are), however, please stop reading this blog now. 😉
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