"You don't know what you can do, until you try."
Those words were the first ones I saw every morning for as long as I can remember. They were on a poster in my home and I saw them each day and they run through my mind each day.
I live. I live to play with my kids, to work with my students, to spend time with my wife, to train and be better in what drives me and keeps me moving forward.
In my earlier years of endurance sports, I didn't consider myself to be a fast marathoner. Goals were set, adjusted, met, and set again and now I'm a steady mid 2.4x marathon racer.
Training is a calm place for me. Somewhere I can focus on just what needs to be done to execute a certain race. Over the years, I've qualified for the IM 70.3 World Championships several times, run a 2:44 marathon, raced 9:08 at IM Arizona. But the highlight was breaking the tape at Rev3 Williamsburg in 2017 with my family.
There is still work to be done and more chances to toe the line. But I'm looking forward to each one of them and everything in between.