“I was never an athlete or exercised. Ever. One morning I got up and was taking my BP and cholesterol medicine, and looked in the mirror and thought “This is not going to end well.” That was a turning point.
Got connected with the right training facility and started strength training and exercise at age 52. Started running obstacle races within a year, competing in powerlifting, and other activities at an age when most folks were sitting on the couch. Just finished the 5K Pump and Run at the Arnold Sports Classic.
It’s truly changed my life. I am able to do things and more of them than I ever could before. Like a lot of things, a big part is getting rid of the mental blocks that keep you from doing it. Really blessed.”
Then there’s the drive to compete. The desire to be in the game.
“I’ve had a love affair with cars and racing since I was a kid. When I was 7, my neighbor had a ‘57 Chevy he was always trying to get running and I was the pest that kept coming around asking him dumb questions. He’d let me give him a wrench or soda every once in a while.
I’ve never been able to shake it and will compete as long as I can. It’s not just about winning and losing; it’s about being in the game. As a spectator, you’ll never improve at anything. You’ve got to be engaged.”
We all have a creative side that that needs nurtured and groomed.
“Funny thing with music – I’ve always been into it but never thought I was good enough. About 10 years ago, I started playing with some folks in the neighborhood, and that led to Open Mics and playing gigs. I started to write a year ago.
It’s like a lot of things – with a little effort and practice you can really enjoy it. I used to say “There’s nothing so soothing but the sound of one’s own voice…”, and now I add “…except playing your songs and seeing people enjoy them!”