Where do I begin? I guess it all started with push-ups and sit-ups in the back of the boxvan on the way home from practice each day. It just evolved from there to drinking only water to start jogging a few miles each day. I thought I was a young Lance Armstrong! How wrong I was! Again, my father kept a tight leash on me but showed me what hard work was all about. It started to progress from there to eventually with him working to support my racing I no longer had a training partner/mentor. Around the age of 12, I would jog 2-3 miles (I thought that was pretty far) a day,400 sit-ups, 400 push-ups, hit the gym 3-4 days a week and ride my bmx for 30 minutes to mix up the cardio during the summer! As time went on I began to realize how much jogging affected those long days of racing, plus I absolutely enjoyed it! I would converse with top riders my age like James Stewart to see how they would train, then mix the two together. Remember, I was young and really didn’t know exactly what I was doing but tons of heart and desire!