Name: Johnathan Jimenez
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Time Cycling: 10 months
Reason for Cycling: To build mental and physical strength and endurance in the game of life’s journey.
I began dancing at the age of 9. As a child, I was involved in musical theater, and it was recommended I take dance classes. I originally wanted to sing and act, but once in the dance studio, I accelerated and progressed rapidly with ballet. I began competing in Youth American Grand Prix and World Grand Prix ballet competitions, which led to scholarships with prestigious ballet companies. I danced internationally in the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and Austria. After many years dancing abroad I returned to North America and continued my dancing career. But from my early teenage years, I had always had a struggle with substance abuse. A steady focus on ballet and my career always kept my habitual use to what I gauged as recreational usage throughout my teens and early adulthood. It wasn’t until I was in my 30s and going through a difficult breakup that I began to lose control of my drug habit. It quickly escalated rapidly, and soon I had a daily habit of using. I often felt it was out of control, but I had micromanaged it so successfully for so many years that I was able to hide it quite well from friends and family.
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