Ironman is Better the Second Time Around
I have told my Ironman training buddies that to do the Ironman you have
to have done an Ironman. All four of my training buddies are 3:20 or under
marathon runners, but I had the lowest marathon time during the Ironman.
The lowest Ironman marathon time of my buddies was 5:24 and that was from
my training partner Tim who vomited 15 times during the race. Yes, the
Ironman will humble anyone! Think about it Tim ran a 3:10 Boston Marathon
not having tapered and was not rested. In the Ironman he was rested and
tapered but the course, weather and of course, just the Ironman itself
can humble any athlete.
So what about me? On August 28th, 2005 I lined
up with 2200 other athletes to begin my journey in what they call the Ironman.
My journey though had really started two days before when I received final
word from Canadian Customs that were not going to release my bike. Yes
my bike named ‘Wild
Fire’ was detained in customs and unless I could find another bike,
shoes and helmet to use I was not going to be able to do the Ironman. Did
I get worried, upset, start yelling? Of course not. I had been really working
on the mental side of the race and the first thing you learn is to control
the stuff you have control over and let the other stuff go. Good principle
for life, huh? My coach Pete Alfino at www.milehighmultisport.com had
been really helping me with the mental side of training, so thanks, Pete,
it really paid off!
Speaking of Pete, can you believe it he came to Penticton,
Canada from Denver Colorado to see his athletes do the race? He is unbelieveable.
If you want to get a coach to help you with your athletic endeavors, I
wholeheartedly recommend Pete. He got me and Marion into great shape!
yes, back to the bike. We went to the local bike shop and through the grace
of God, in the madhouse of people swarmed at the bike shop to get their
bikes repaired for Ironman, who do I walk up to? The first person I talked
to at the bike shop turned out to be the owner of the shop! Why would that
matter? Chris was amazingly compassionate and willing to help me. I think
I even saw a tear in his eye as I tell him my sad story.
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