Why I took the pledge:
It feels incredible to compete, to do well, to feel and witness my physical limits, to see how I can push my body, and where it pushes back.
I race because it’s fun and inspiring to get out there with friendly competitors and to see where we can push each other.
Using performance enhancing drugs is misleading not only about that particular athlete’s body and performance, but it misleads us in our own endeavors. It also diminishes the pride one feels both at winning and feeling strong, and falling apart and touching the limits of our strength, endurance, and current abilities.
I want a clean sport because that’s what sport is about. Sport isn’t about survival, it’s about challenging ourselves and each other. It’s about having fun (even if it sometimes feels like a painful way to have fun!).