Today I made the trip that I have been planning for quite awhile. After last years Challenge I mentally made the decision to compete the following year. Of course at that time I had a lot less experience than I do now (Which doesn’t say much). I had yet to compete in my first “Open” and thought, “Man I could do that”. Of course the Open “Opened” my eyes to how far I really had to go if I ever wanted to “really” compete. Although I’d been doing WOD’s for some time, and had made great strides in weight loss, and overall fitness, I was nowhere prepared to compete on any level. So for the next year I did everything in my power to improve, which included leaving my garage gym, visiting several Affiliates, and even taking a few OLY lifting courses. When you start from zero, you have a long way to go.