Do you collect anything?
Sunglasses. It’s a terrible addiction and I don’t feel bad about it at all.
What is your most unusual talent?
After working on hundreds of bodies over the years, my hands are trained to sense if a person’s tissue is compromised. Stretched long, stretch short, dehydrated, etc. It’s made me quite good at identifying imbalances in the body. I have been able to help correct musculoskeletal issues and alleviate chronic pain in almost all of the clients seeking my help.
What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
I was a part of a short film project where the director asked me to lead the last two pitches of Reverse Camber on Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire. The climb was way out of my pay grade. The most difficult route I climbed before the film was 5.8. I wasn’t really confident in leading trad (and still have anxiety around it) but I was with expert climbers who gave me a crash course into advanced climbing. I checked my fears, calmed my breath, and successfully led the last two pitches of a 5.11 route 400 feet off the ground. It was super humid the day we shot which made the slab section feel like a slip and slide. I was able to perform well under pressure and I proved to myself I can do anything I put my mind to.
Why do you like working with Gnarly?
I tried Gnarly after a friend gifted me a tub and was hooked. The vegan protein is super smooth and makes me feel really great after a workout. I got a chance to chat with Gnar Czar Eli and it made me an even bigger fan. We actually have a lot in common with the work we are doing to help humans connect with their bodies. I’m stoked to work together and educate more people on how to take better care of themselves.
Outside of your respective sport, what are you most proud of?
Helping humans connect with and understand their bodies through strength training and massage therapy. We live in such a high stress society, disassociating has become normal. Teaching people how to differentiate between good stress, bad stress, and giving them tools to manage it brings me the most joy in life.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My mom’s papaya salad and fried chicken with white rice. It’s my ultimate comfort food. My southeast asian people know what’s up!
Who is your hero? Why?
Myself in the most non-egotistical way. I didn’t have many role models growing up so I had to be one for myself. I think this resonates with a lot of folks who don’t see themselves represented.
Any advice for aspiring athletes?
Don’t be afraid to fail and always try your best. There are many valuable lessons in failure. Allowing yourself to suck is so liberating.
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