Let me first say I'm certainly not "quitting" skateboarding. Skateboarding isn't something you just do after more than a quarter of a century, it's who you are. Once you become a true skateboarder you are one for life. I still skate when I can and leave Sundays open on my schedule for my weekly session. Ah yes schedules... a skill in it's own right for triathletes, but I'll get into that a little later. As a skateboarder you crave progress. It's the lifeblood that keeps you going and thriving. I was at the point in skateboarding where the level of tricks I needed to perform in order to progress was outside of the reach of my resources. What I mean to say is not that I don't think I have the talent, skills or determination, but that working 10-12 hours a day with a body that needs more recovery time now has made it nearly impossible.
|Bailing out of one of my last McTwist attempts.
This story is my attempt to convey the fact that I was no longer progressing in the way that I needed to obtain those feelings of deep satisfaction from my sport. I truly love and am still passionate about skateboarding and continuing to do so, but I needed to look elsewhere to get my "progression" fix. I will be taking on this new endeavor as a skateboarding triathlete.