I have been a sports and outdoor enthusiast for as long as I can remember, and an athlete since my father first had me pick up a bat at age 4. Before college I was a tennis and softball player for many years, and after college I became an avid endurance athlete. These days I mostly run. I somehow combined this with learning Chinese and receiving a PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. You can find out more about that and my related research on my main website. This blog is my answer to the many people who have asked me about my personal experiences in sport – especially when living in China.