The first two years I was in college, running for Ole Miss, I struggled tremendously with performance anxiety. I would go to meets, be sick the whole time, run terribly and feel worse than when I started. Every meet seemed to keep me in the rut that I had gotten into the week before. Eventually I would get sick with a cold, URI or something because I was always stressing about wanting to be the athlete I knew I was, deep down.
I was fortunate that my junior year I met Dr. Ed Acevedo, a physiologist who also had a masters in sports psychology. Dr. Acevedo had run in college, raced marathons, attempted the English channel swim, raced Ironmans, ran the Western States 100 and on and on. He had been a competitive athlete for a long time and understood not only the science, but the psychology of sport. Early in the 2000 cross country season, the team had participated in a study with the Human Performance Lab and we were tested for VO2 max, Lactate Threshold, Ventilatory Threshold (VT) and Max VT. I became fascinated by this science and how it related to me as an athlete so I decided to make it my major. The rest is history, right?