About Me

Updated 1/4/2014

OK… so it’s been 5 years since I updated this so I guess I should freshen up a bit…

I am an old, fat runner who is desperately trying to fight back the tide of time and middle aged spread by staying active and pretending I know what the heck I’m doing with my fitness.  This remains the same.  I am slightly more fitness aware, but that doesn’t mean much.  All it tells me is that I need to work out my will power a little more.  I am secretly a wannabe triathlete who is simply in need of a pool to train in and about 3 extra hours a day to get it all in.  I think I can now call myself a triathlete.  Several dozen triathlons, 2 bikes and even a few podiums later, I’m still making mistakes every race, but I’m racing.  This superhero persona is hidden by day as a mild mannered trainer working for the University of Missouri.  I teach teachers, librarians and technical specialists how to use the technologies and services my group provides as well as those things that they need to make their jobs and schools better.  I get to travel all over the great state of Missouri and meet cool people.  It’s a fun job!  No change here.  Still diggin it!

I bike commute 3 days a week in a desperate effort to save money on gas, am the proud owner of a minuscule Honda fit named “Dinky” and am secretly coveting a Vespa scooter for the warmer summer months.  This, unfortunately, will never happen.  I have almost completed a complete remodel of my kitchen and dining room and am slowly working my way around the rest of my house.  Once the last of the paint is dry I am throwing a huge party and you are all invited.  I’m done with the kitchen and you missed the party… Sorry.  I mostly sat in a corner and cried.  I will never again take on such a huge task alone or without the proper tools.  That was stupid.  Lesson learned: Sometimes the best tool for a remodel is simply your checkbook.

Hobbies and other stuff:

My kids

My lovely wife

Woodworking

Birdwatching

Really loud music

Gardening

6 Responses to About Me

  1. Toad says:

    ‘Holy $^$& ! Here I thought you were nuts ! This is cool Bob .Seriously , I had no idea that is what you were about . From reading your old blog I knew that the house was driving you but this is cool . Thanks for sharing .

  2. Well Mr. DaBigLeap, I like your story. You did what so many people don’t have the courage to do. I’m glad you’re getting it all together and making another attack at the marathon. It’s a tough nut to crack even when you do everything right. If I can be of assistance, holler.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Coach Joe and I are associates.
    Upward and onward!
    Coach Dean
    PS
    I have a number of friends in the SCA and my brother and sister-in-law are avid birders.

  3. kate says:

    Welcome back to running. You’ll do well in your next marathon and you’ll prove to yourself you can do it! It’s a great thing when people realize they need a change, and instead of complaining about it, they work to do something about it. Good luck!

  4. Bob says:

    Great story and very familiar!!! Except for the picking up stakes and leaving part. Although it is getting close to that living in Michigan’s economy!!! Kids are an amazing motivator and running is my way of prolonging the inevidiable to be with them as long as possible. Keep up the good work and remember one step at a time!!!

  5. That was a good blog to read. . . .I too work with wood!! this keeps me in my right mind!

  6. 11315miles says:

    I like this ~ middle age is great. I feel like I’m even more disciplined now than I was in my 20s. Good luck.

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