At the end of , I was getting older, feeling sluggish, and weighed-in at I made a decision in January to set some apparently-ridiculous goals and then go achieve them. Push myself to where I thought my limits lay - and then grit my teeth and push through those limits.
John came from a competitive swimming and running background. He was a Pennsylvania state champion in high school swimming and all-district in cross country. John went on to run for one year in college, but continued to swim for all 4 years at Cornell University. During his college days and beyond, John found his niche in the sport of open water swimming.