Odis served in the US Army from 1992 – 1996. After being discharged with a 40% service connected disability, he gained weight, getting up to 230 lbs. Five years ago, he started running, and ran two marathons. In the process he lost 50 lbs. Last year he tried his first triathlon, a sprint distance race. In 2010, he completed the Buffalo Springs Lake Ironman 70.3. He is a leader in the veteran sports community participating in many veteran events.