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Hello, my name is Dave Kjaer.
I am a middle-aged guy who, after living an inactive lifestyle for many years, decided to make some changes and try to become more active. At the time, I had no idea that this decision would eventually change nearly every aspect of my life.
I began by doing 10 mile bike rides every other day. These rides gradually became longer and more frequent. A few years later I started trying different types of activities such as running which was completely foreign to me. I had not run since I was a young kid but after seeing so many runners on the trails, I thought it might be worth a try. Then I tried cross-country skiing after never being on cross-country skis before. I had never known how to swim but I learned by watching Youtube videos. All of these were extremely tough at first but a few years later I found myself swimming across lakes, racing a bike on a velodrome track and earning podium spots in multiple marathons.
The strange thing is that when people asked me what caused such a change, I honestly did not have an answer. Here’s the thing. I previously had zero interest in fitness and laughed at the mere thought of working out. If you had told me at the age of 39 that, in five years, I would be standing in a wetsuit at the starting line of a triathlon, I would have done a spit-take and started laughing.
Once my health started improving, it began to affect other aspects of my life. My priorities, goals and passions all shifted. The change was dramatic. I became a vegan and an animal rights advocate. My view of the world changed. My confidence level soared. What is really cool is that I am 100% positive that if 5 year-old me could have looked into a crystal ball to see his future, he would have been happy to see a fit, 50 year-old me racing hard on a bike and fighting for animals (which I have always loved). I have come full-circle and am back where I should have been all along.
At some point I decided to see if I could discover the initial catalyst of these changes by retracing my steps. What I found was definitely not what I expected. What was it? The short answer is that it was kind of by accident. The more detailed answer is shown here in the form of a timeline.
At some point along the way, it occurred to me that I should document all of this so I created the blog on this site. Over time, I added more features and sections that pertain to various other things like the vegan lifestyle, animal rights, environmental causes, computer programming and my lifelong passion for music.
I hope you like the site and find something of interest here.