Growing up on a farm and wrestling in Iowa, hard work was taught at a young age. After 4 years of college wrestling, I thought I had experienced the hardest of workouts until I started CrossFit in 2009 @ CrossFit Apex (2009 CrossFit Champion – Tanya Wagner) with my then 13 year-old son, Kolby. I had been running marathons & coaching wrestling, so I thought I was ready for my first WOD - Filthy Fifty. Was I wrong! I had to use a band for pull-ups and the WOD hurt me bad for days, but I wanted more. I then started going 3 days a week, then after a couple of years I was going 5 days a week. In 2013, my son, Kolby, competed in the CrossFit Kids Games in Carson where he finished in 4th place. That same year, I started training @ CrossFit Rage under Jordan Troyan (2x CrossFit Games competitor). With his coaching & encouragement, I entered my first Masters competition and that was where the passion for CrossFit took hold. In 2014, I finished the Open in 185th place after having a disastrous first event where I placed 1370th. In the 2014 Masters Qualifier, I was able to climb to 53rd. With Jordan’s guidance, I realized my glaring weakness was skills & strength. We focused on these movements from August 2014 until the 2015 Open to see if I could improve my performance and hopefully qualify for the Games. Without the support from my wife, Bethany none of this would be possible.