Hello. This is my first blog that I’m writing for imeZi. I’ve actually supported them for about a year after getting to know Andy Eickhoff through Tim Smith of GS Astuto. Long story short, the reason why was because I needed a pair of race wheels to rent from Tim, but he was out of town. Instead, he gave me Andy’s number and I ended up contacting him. He even gave me a free cycling jersey that day!
I have been given the opportunity, and I guess the privilege as well, to use some of his wheels in the past (actually, only twice). Furthermore, in return, I will be supporting the brand by blogging about my experiences related to cycling. As a matter of fact, I’m a triathlete trying to improve my cycling, considering it’s my weakest discipline of the three (swimming is my strongest while my running is fairly strong) and, someday, hope to go pro.
I’m grateful that I’m currently using his PowerTap Wheels right now, and I’ll keep you updated on my workouts using them.
I was introduced to triathlons when I was 14 (2006) and did one race per year until after my freshman year of college (2011), which was when it became my primary sport. I made some pretty good achievements along the way, including becoming All-American from USA Triathlon and being able to compete in ITU Worlds in London (2013) and Chicago (2015). I got injured with runner’s knee in the beginning of 2016 and was only able to do one race that year. The following year, I moved to Japan and got myself settled in for about a year while suffering a horrible English-teaching job that I worked at. The year after that, I slowly got back into triathlons and did my first ever race in Japan. It was in Murakami in Niigata Prefecture. That same year I also competed in my first three ever Aquathlons and even won them all! 2019 was when I started to improve thanks to having a legendary coach by the name of Mike Trees guiding me along the way. I was third overall and first in my age group at Japan’s National Championships in Miyazaki that year. I even won the overall age group ranking and Triathlon in Tokyo’s Male Athlete of the Year.
I also love to watch anime, read manga, and play video games.
I just made a YouTube Channel as well: EigoSensei
I also teach swim lessons for ¥3000/hour. If interested, email me: [email protected]
Will try to translate this into Japanese later… I kind of rushed on this post, so I apologize for that.