Birthdate: 17 May 1966
What is your occupation? Owner, X Gyms
What was your first climb? Big Climb Seattle, 2006
How many climbs have you completed? 60 plus
Why/how did you start? Just out of curiosity, then I met Jeff Dinkin who told me there were climbs all around the country. He invited me to Sears, so I went, stayed with Jesse Berg and met Mark T and based on them, plus all the other awesome people, I was hooked!
Do you have a favorite climb? Strat. Awesome stairwell and great turnout of stair climbing buds.
Least favorite climb? Sears. Way too long.
Why do you climb? Mostly because of the awesome people in the sport, but also for proof that my X Gym exercise methods work.
Are there other sports you’re passionate about? Nope.
Did you have injuries or issues you needed to overcome to climb? My pronation and resulting gait issues prevent me from doing impact sports.
How do you train? X Gym methods, Incline trainer, Jacob's Ladder and stairs.
Do you have a special relationship with any of your step-siblings? Yes! Most! Love them!
Who inspires you? Jesse Berg. He has the most amazing attitude, phenomenal talent and is one of the most humble people I have ever known.
Do you have a good luck charm or any superstitions or pre-race rituals? Nope. Just prayer.
What's on your iPod during workouts/competitions? No music, but I do often use a metronome.
Do you have a website for those interested in learning more about you? pjfit.com and xgym.com
If we had numbers on our jerseys, what would your number be? 7
What would you like to tell others about yourself and your experience with stair climbing that might inspire them in their lives? It's the safest sport, yet also the most challenging because it stretches you in many ways - especially in the areas of strength, endurance and mental toughness. No other sport requires such high levels of all three of those categories at the same time.