Where do I start? My name is Shawn Teske and I failed high school gym! That’s right, you actually could fail gym in Haddon Heights High School in 1985. That’s were it really all began for me. This is where the light bulb went off. It was that feeling of failure that lead me to try and compensate that feeling ever since.
Fast forward 30 years and 4 N.J. State Cup cycling titles, 2 State Championship titles in criterium and time trial events. Not to mention numerous state championship podium finishes and dozens of other medals from all over the state off New Jersey. Plus I live here in Marlton, NJ, I know the roads and the routes that you are riding on.
I started weight lifting when I was about 15. It was very shorty after failing that presidential physical fitness test. I have to admit it was that failure that really shaped who I am today . I would lift every day after school for 2-3 hrs. I loved it and I made it my sport. You see I didn’t like traditional sports like all the other kids. My parents kept trying to get me to participate but I wasn’t having it.
My mom did business with Bill Quigley,(the “Q” in D&Q) and he told her that I should give cycling a try. I remember my first group ride like it was yesterday. I had hairy legs and I got dropped and left for dead about a quarter of the ride in. I kept thinking the group will probably wait up or comeback, they didn’t. I was like, oh this is how this sport works. It was that punch in the face that pushed me to get better.
I became obsessed with fitness and cycling. I read every fitness and cycling book imaginable. I got my degree in Health Physical Education and Recreation. I became a Personal Trainer. I have been a trainer for over 20 years and for the last 10 years have been a cycling coach and fueling/recovery expert. I love the details of cycling.
I love helping people with fitness and can relate to being that weak scrawny kid. I truly believe that sometimes you need to be pushed down in order to rise up, and I’ve made it my mission. Come to my seminar on Wednesday, June 20 to learn what a racer can teach you about recreational cycling. It’s more about personalizing your experience with fitness and trying to move up maybe one level.