Have you raced competitively?
I hold a Category 4 USCA Road Cycling License but haven't raced in about a year. But every group ride is like a race, because you've got to keep up the high pace.
Do you worry about crashes?
If you race a lot, you're going to crash pretty often. I went down for the first time in a long while last night, when I hit a deep pothole in the dark.
Were you hurt?
I got road rash, some bruises and tore my shirt, but I was concerned about the condition of my $7,000 bike.
Is cycling an expensive sport?
Yes, the expenses add up. Most race-level bikes cost between $2,000 and $5,000, and tubes, tires and chains need maintenance and wear out. Then there's the kithelmet, clothing, shoes ($300) and light ($200). I also ride with a Garmen Edge 805 GPS system ($1,000). It's about the size of a cellphone and tracks everything from elevation and grade to my heart rate, cadence and speed. The best thing to have is a power meter that measures your energy output and performance, because it helps you gauge how you are training. Part of the fun of this sport is getting to shop for cool gear.
What would be an ideal ride?
If I can keep up with the group and my heart rate is not above 170 beats per minute, and I'm moving at the same speed despite the terrain, then I know I'm in good shape and that's a good day.
Are you thinking while you're riding?
Definitely. Sometimes I'm just thinking about whatever comes to mind, but often I'm thinking about cases and assessing what I can do better. Riding helps me think things through. I often send emails when I get back home.
Does cycling help you in your career?
Yes, it clears my mind, gets rid of stress and gives me energy, but I've also met a lot of other lawyers who ride. We've become friends, and it has generated business.
You're also an avid hiker? What does hiking give you that cycling does not?
I backpack a couple of times a year, sometimes with three other guys, sometimes alone. When I'm hiking, I'm removed from the city and don't have to worry about traffic, so I can let my guard down. There are beautiful views above tree line, wildlife and I enjoy cooking my meals outside. It's easier to talk when you're hiking, and when I'm alone, I enjoy the solitude.
What was your most challenging hike?
I did 480 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 1987 in 14 days. I would love to be able to do the whole trail and hike in exotic locations like Alaska or Baffin Island, Canada.