28; Sales Operations Analyst at Stryker 

I LOVE MY SPORTS: The community and camaraderie with others in the sport, regardless of their fitness level. 

BUCKET LIST: I’ve always wanted to summit Pikes Peak in Colorado on a bike. 

UP NEXT: I’m currently weightlifting/strength training for the upcoming cycling season, with the TN state criterium jersey as my goal this year. 

FAVE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: My favorite was completing the Ride to Rosemary the first time and saying I rode 525 miles with the most amazing group of friends, all for the cause of fighting cancer. 

HOMETOWN: Jackson, TN 

SPEED BUMPS: In 2018, I partially tore my ACL playing a pickup game of basketball. After meeting with my Orthopedic surgeon, he gave me two options: surgery, and still run the risk of re-injury of about 50/50 or no surgery, just rehabilitation and strengthening the supporting muscles, AND no more sports involving jumping and quick side-to-side movements. I went with no surgery and gave up all the sports I grew up playing and loving, which led me to pick up a road bike. At the time of my injury, I was already very involved with weightlifting, so the sports disciplines were quite different, and it took some time to get used to the cycling form and overcome any knee issues from my torn ACL. 

MY GROUP: 901 Racing 

FAVORITE JAMS: “Float On” by Modest Mouse 

RECENT RACES: 2023 TN State Crit – placed 4th and Ride to Rosemary – 2nd year 

MOST MEMORABLE FITNESS EVENT: I’ll never forget the 2021 TN State Crit held at Memphis Tiger Lane. The 901 Racing Cat 4 team swept the podium with Luke Hooper in 1st place, securing the state jersey. I placed 2nd, Cole Mcdaniels (3rd), and David Ax (4th). 

BEST EATS: The Lobbyist and their lamb tamale. 

DREAM DINNER COMPANY: Henry David Thoreau. I want to listen to all his stories and wisdom on simple living and enjoying the outdoors. 

GO-TO GEAR: My must-have is my Garmin watch/ cycling computer. 

INSPIRATION TO BE FIT: God and my family are my largest inspirations. God blessed me with life and a physical body that I must be a good steward of, and the same rationale applies to how my family inspires me. I have the most beautiful wife and son whom I strive to be fit and healthy for to continue to provide in all aspects of fitness — mental, physical, and spiritual. 

ON MY NIGHTSTAND: “Perelandra” by C.S. Lewis 

PET PEEVE: Athletes without humility. 

QUOTE: “Life’s a Garden. Dig it.” – Joe Dirt 

Photo by Tindall Stephens