I started working on bikes when I was 10, taking stuff home from the dump and making it functional. I worked in bike shops in Seattle from 1987 to 1999.
I always rode, of course. I started racing the road in 1983, in New Hampshire. I moved to Seattle in the fall of 1987 and started racing the track the next year. I quit racing in 1996, when my wife was pregnant with our first child.
We moved to Humboldt county in 1999. Beautiful place, awful roads! I'm also, unfortunately, 300+ miles from any track. When I had a knee injury (overuse) I took up surfing for exercise, but now my surfing has progressed to the point that I don't get as much exercise from it anymore. On the up side, my knee is better and I'm riding again.