I started preparing for the 2006 NPC Kentucky shortly after placing 2nd in my class at the 2005 NPC Kentucky. The 2005 event marked the third time I was runner-up at that show, and it was my seventh NPC Kentucky appearance. The first time was in 1996; I placed 2nd in the middleweights at 161 pounds. I way overbulked the next year thinking “bigger is better” (up to 218 doughy pounds in the off season) and showed up at a soft 174, placing 5th. In 1998 I achieved my best condition to date, but finished 2nd again. I followed that with a 4th in 1999.