The summer leading up to the Games I really stepped up my training, to the point of neglect in other parts of my life, particularly my social life because I did not want to leave Cleveland with the same feelings as when I left Seattle or Santa Clara. I wanted this Gay Games to be even bigger for me than the 2010 Games and so I pushed myself so hard to be ready for it. I set my goals high and my expectations even higher, I wasn’t coming to Cleveland to disappoint. So many people and friends really gave me a lot of support. From helping me pay for the trip, sponsoring me, helping me buy equipment, supporting Stonewall Fitness or even just being there when I needed someone to vent too I certainly didn’t want to let anybody down, or most importantly let myself down.
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