It all started when...
I was 17 and got my first mountain bike. It was the late 80's and they were still more like road bikes with fat tires. We threw ourselves at the local hills in search of adventure and new skills. Quickly I realized how my riding was limited by my fitness, which meant my lack of ability to perform was dampening my fun on the trails. That was the first time in my life where something I loved doing was going to require focus and discipline in order to improve. No longer could I wing it.
Before the internet, information on training and performance was limited to a few books that read more like college textbooks and rarely provided the novice insight to improving. Insert a cool path for college and there you have it.
In my 20's I ran trails to train for the bike and Colorado climbing trips. Running started taking hold and the passion grew into longer runs leading to an intro to ultras in my early 30's. Nutrition curiosity stemmed from there as dialing diet in was needed to do more miles and stay healthy.