Ever since I started training, some 20 odd years ago, I have always asked God to "give me strength." It took him more than a decade to answer my prayers. But in 2006, when he did, it helped to form me into who I am today.

Prior to this time period, I had competed in several countries in Europe, on Eurosport (Europe's version of ESPN), repeatedly done a 340-pound log press, deadlifted 750 pounds RAW, and loaded a 450-pound Atlas Stone.

Here are just a few highlights of the answer that I was given.