Athletics has and will always be a part of my life. I started out very young playing baseball, then I added football in to the mix. When I got to middle school I added wrestling as well. High school was where it all came together as I cut out wrestling and focused on weight training for football and baseball. In college (University of Maine at Farmington) is where my weight training blossomed into my bodybuilding career. The school didn’t have a football team so I started hitting the weights hard. Baseball was put to the side as I was enjoying weight training.
It wasn’t until my 4th year in college that I decided to get into bodybuilding. I had great success early with earning my NABF pro card in my 3rd show. After graduating I moved to Florida where I began competing in the NPC and worked my way up the ranks over the next few years to become a national level competitor. After 12 years of competing and training for bodybuilding it was time to retire as I wanted to get into more functional training. The 2011 IFBB North American Championships was my last show.
I decided to go to the opposite side of the athletic spectrum and focus on endurance. I began running and quickly added some cross training with it, started entering local 5k races. It wasn’t until 2014 that I came across OCR and the Warrior Dash was my first race, I was instantly addicted. I ran 3 other OCR events in 2014 as well, all in the open waves. Then I decided that I was going to train harder and start entering the pro / elite waves at the races in 2015. I have qualified multiple times for the OCR World Championships this year. I also made it a goal to venture into other areas of the endurance realm in 2015 as well, adding sprint triathlons, rucking events, adventure races and trail running to my event schedule.
Fitness is a large part of my life and I love challenging events that will test me physically along with mentally. OCR and endurance events give me just that, plus the training along with the events are harder than anything I did in bodybuilding. I have big goals for the upcoming year and will be doing the Georgia Death Race in March 2016 and plan on taking on the Spartan Ultra Beast, Worlds Toughest Mudder and some more major endurance events.
Having support in all of the training and events is a necessity. None of my goals or ambitions in fitness would be possible without the support of my wife. Not only support, but she does a lot of the events with me. I could never thank her enough for everything she does to help me.