I was always athletic and no matter how big I was I would always hear how I was "fast and agile for my size". I let my career take over and lost focus followed by some personal trials that made stop caring what I put in my body for a diet. Around New Years 2013 I tipped the scale at almost 300 lbs and looked at my myself in disgust. I knew I was better than that and I became resolved to be the strongest version for myself. By May I had lost 50 pounds and was feeling good but I was a time were I could have stopped pushing and "coast" which ultimately would have brought me back to square 1. Then 2 Heavenly Interventions happened, I had a follow up with my doctor who told me I was not only going to get heavier but I probably would end up heavier than I started because of the speed of my weight loss. He might as well be holding a red flag in front of a bull. The next week I joined friends from work for my first obstacle course race and about a quarter of the way into it I knew I had found the red flag I was going to go after. I had re-discovered my competitive fire and immediately began looking for the next great course to challenge me, I followed it up a few months later with a Tough Mudder and then did an absolutely freezing Rugged Maniac. I graduated to Spartan Races in 2014 and new I was home, in my element. I completed the season in my First Elite (Cash Prize) race the Spartan Beast, a race that had 12k sign ups and only about 4,800 finished. I finished Top 10 in my age group and 20th Overall Male. 115lbs lighter I am comiitted in 2015 to Elite Racing wherever I go, racing the 1st 3 BattleFrog Courses ever held in Texas as well an many Spartans throughout the country, with the desire to race my way to the Top Ranks of the Elite. I like to serve a proof that New Years Resolutions can come true, you just need a plan, focus and desire to see if through, it is not easy but I promise you it is worth it.
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Why I Love it
Being fast and strong is great but what you can actually do with it is equally important to me. Busting my ass in the Gym and every mile, bruise and bit of misery on the course makes it all worth it when I'm passing the competition.