In February of 2003 I looked into the mirror and was disgusted. I had allowed myself to become FAT. 250 pounds FAT on a 5’10” frame. I did EAS’s body for life challenge and lost 60 pounds. From then on I would jump between 185 and 200 pounds. In May of 2006 I decided that I needed something to motivate me to get into and stay in shape. I challenged my buddy Jake Barakat to do a triathlon with me. We were to do an olympic distance in September 2006.
In July I signed up to do the Lance Armstrong Live Strong 40 mile ride. Sitting in the Start line I was so overwhelmed with the experience, the casue and the mission of Livestrong, I decided to go for 70 miles having never ridden more than 30 at a time. This was the epiphany I was looking for. It was such an emotional ride, attempting to accomplish something of that nature without knowing if I could even make it half way. I made it and it was the hardest thing that I had ever done, my fat butt pedaling my 1 ton Costco bought Mt bike 70 miles is still one of my greatest accomplishments and something I will remember for ever. From that point on I devoted myself to a life of fitness and wellness.
I did the Mid Summer’s Sprint Triathlon in August in prep for my olympic. I was hooked and there was no turning back. From that point I was going to do what ever it took to be a competeitve triathlete. Two weeks later I crashed on my bike and tore my rotator cuff, and that was it for the season. I continued to train in the off season and set my sights for the Vineman 70.3 in July of 2007 in which I did in 4:44 and qualified for the 70.3 world championships. This season I have continued to work my ass off to be the best I can be. Triathlon has become a passion for me and has brought so many positives into my life. I have to thank my wife Elee and son AJ for the support and Love that they have given me the entire way!