NOTE: Athlete Profiles are all about the listeners of the Athlete On Fire podcast! Yes, we have some amazing guests on the show but some of YOU listeners out there are just as inspiring. You write to give me feedback and you share your amazing stories with me and I am happy to pass them on to the masses. This is going to be a regular installment so if you or anyone you know is a worthy candidate, shoot me an email and we would love to feature them. Kudos to Rachel for being the first ever Listener On Fire.
What is the best thing about your hometown?
It’s where my friends and family are.
In high school, I ran cross country and track. I wasn’t a star, by any means, but I was above average and went to the state championship meet in the 4×400. Towards the end of high school, I had a knee injury from running and decided that I wanted to avoid running. Every time I would start to get in shape I would end hurting my knee and I was worried that I might cause long-term damage.
Current athletic passion:
I compete in XC mountain bike races, mostly between 15-25 miles in length. My main focus is the Ohio Mountain Bike Championship Series.
Who or what in the world is inspiring you right now?
A huge inspiration for me is my children. I want to show them the value in setting goals and trying to achieve them. I want them to know that if they work hard that they can succeed. And, I want to be healthy so that I can have a long life and watch them grow up and prosper.
Is your legacy important to you? Why?
I hope to use my website, Quickdirt.com, to inspire mountain bikers, runners and other weekend warriors to reach their full potential with my real-life example of how a frumpy, middle-aged guy turned it around.
Why do you consider yourself an athlete on fire?
Because of my weight loss, I am starting to realize my full potential as an athlete. I have honed my training and I’m constantly getting faster on my mountain bike. I’m looking forward to finding where the limits of my potential are.
What would you say to someone who hasn’t found their passion in sport or life yet?
Try as many sports as possible and start small. You aren’t going to run a marathon on your first day. But, if you keep putting one foot in front of the other you will eventually find great success.
Where are you on your athletic journey? Flicker, Flame, or Fire?
NOTE FOR JAMES:Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with the Athlete On Fire community. Keep riding hard! You are definitely inspiring others and there is no doubt you are an Athlete On Fire!