I grew up as an overweight and inactive kid. Although very outgoing I was not happy. When I got to college I was depressed, still in the closet, weighed well over 300 lbs, and was out of breathe walking across campus. I committed to train for a half marathon, and was too embarrassed to run outside because of my body image concerns so trained for the whole thing on a treadmill. I finished the race and knew I was in love with endurance sport. Now I balance my busy professional career in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention at the LA LGBT Center with intense training and community building through athletics. I recently completed my first Ironman 70.3, am a member of November Project LA, am a spin instructor, and I still find great joy in racing without a watch, pushing my limits, hugging sweaty strangers and crying when my friends crush their goals. Today I am a proud gay athlete, a committed friend, a healthy person and I am always looking for my next adventure.
I have achieved many athletic goals but the ones that I am most proud of include: 1) Running my second half marathon without walking once. 2) Finishing my first full marathon 43 seconds below my goal of 4 hours without using a watch to push me. 3) Completing the Ironman Arizona 70.3 race in 5hr 45min. 4) Bringing my PR for the Half Marathon down to 1:41 5) Completing two AIDS Lifecycle tours (cycling tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles, 545 miles over 7 days) and raising nearly $300,000 in the process with my cycling team