Ted Diamond

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Industry Internet
Location Seattle, WA, United States
Introduction I started biking seriously in 1981, after I had crashed on a casual ride. Lying in a hospital ward in Ann Arbor, next to the young guy who'd lost his leg in a motorcycle accident and the eminent social psychologist who was dying of cirrhosis, I said "Yep, this is for me." What followed was 20 years of training, racing, working, raising kids, studying, divorce, and remarriage. I never stuck with racing long enough at a time to make it out of Cat 4 (before there was a Cat 5), and then Cat 5. I'd train a year, race a year, suck, give it up for a couple of years, gain some weight, then start the cycle again. In 1999, I used cycling to save myself from the depression of divorce. I had moved back to upstate New York, and with the accessibility of country roads, I found myself piling up the miles. Before I knew it, I'd dropped 90 lbs, and discovered that I could climb. Then followed my best year ever. In 2000, I moved to Seattle, to be nearer to my kids. I thought Seattle would be great for me, but, despite the much larger and more visible cycling community, I found myself floundering again. I was through with competitive cycling. But not through with cycling.