I never dreamed I’d be an Olympian or Paralympian. In high school, I swam and rode my bike for fun. My chosen career path took me to U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. I had a great life of going to sea and the freedom it created. I was a damn fine Naval Officer and I loved every bit of it. That all changed when a stroke took away the use of my right side and much of my speech. My life was changed forever. I had a decision. I could sit at home forever or do something different about it. I chose the latter in the shape of a recumbent.