Why I Took the Pledge
I’ve had the misfortune of being directly cheated by dopers, including finishing off the podium (11th) at my first ultra due to a doped Russian (ultimately moved up to 10th). It was a huge disappointment and lifetime low. I don’t wish anyone to experience the pain, disgust, and heartbreak I’ve felt from being cheated like this– and most importantly losing out on lifetime moments, which I can never have back. Having been in USADA’s out-of-competition testing pool, we’re educated to be responsible for ‘everything’ that goes into our body. I’m very conscientious of everything I consume, esp. traveling internationally (even food/meat and water are concerns!). I want to be a legend and leave my mark on the world, and no way would I want to tarnish my legacy by cheating myself and others. I work very very hard and want my performances to be a reflection of my hard work and blue collar morals and values– show that others can be great too through hard work, and nothing more!