“It’s always been sort of a life philosophy to take on challenges and to try new things and sort of maximize your life — try and do as much as you can when you can and when opportunities present themselves to take advantage of them. So that’s kind of what happened with this,” he tells PEOPLE about making his debut in the competition in the Denver city qualifying round, airing Monday. “It was coming to Denver and we obviously live nearby there and it just seemed like a worthwhile effort to give it a shot. They let me have a chance, so I was fortunate in that regard. I guess I just figured, ‘Why not? Let’s see what this is all about.’ ”
Though the course includes a variation of challenging obstacles, he was, overall, physically prepared to take on the competition.
“I always try to keep myself in good enough physical condition that when opportunities like this come along, I don’t need a year to prepare,” he says.Read more at PeopleTVwatch