#tbt 12 years ago to the start of the 400 meter race - end of day 1 for the Decathlon at the NCAA National Championships. I was in the best shape of my life down from 225pounds to 196. Lean machine I didn't eat any sugar for 6 months and trained every morning and night alone to make up the skills I needed to learn to take on this 10 event sport. I was a good athlete but the technical events like 110 high hurdles, pole vault, discus and javelin were hard to pick up in that short of time. My dream was to place top 8 to make the All-American team and I made that 8th place mark. All the hard work, sacrifice and constant pain on the body and mind paid off. Little did I know it would be another experience laying the groundwork to do what I'm doing now. So grateful for these moments and realizing anything is possible with a dream and when you are willing to take on and endure any pain or challenge. Blessed and grateful for my life!