As I am preparing to compete in Ironman tomorrow I was looking at inspirational videos. This guy is the example for the human spirit to overcome obstacles:
Good luck. That's flying hope you make it.
I made it. 100.7 miles in 4:55. I think it is pretty respectable given that i had my ACL reconstructed in mid-March, had 2 significant crashes that cost me training time, and had a couple of intervening trips with the spouse that also took me away from the bike. Prior to last weekend, I was convinced there was no way I was going to be able to do it. But 3 seasons of training helps. I definitely am tired, and am now headed to lunch with the spouse. I might have another beer!
Thanks everyone. Achieving this goal was a pretty significant thing for me. This is my third season of serious training. When I got started in January 2 years ago, I weighed almost 250 pounds. I thought I rode my bike alot, racking up 1600 miles in the previous year, but it was all on the flats. I'm now down to around 190. I've completed 2 Bicycle Tours of Colorado. Long climbs no longer intimidate me. I still could lose 15 pounds, but I'm definitely much more fit than I have been in the past 25 years.
What worked for me? Setting goals and not letting anything stand in the way of training to meet them. After blowing my ACL this year, I was goal-less when it became apparent that I simply could not train sufficiently to ride the Bicycle Tour of Colorado at the end of June. It was simply too close to the surgery to get the time on the bike necessary to build a base, and my knee wouldn't stand up to the stress of back-to-back days riding at the intensity to cover the miles and climbing. So I trained not knowing what my goal was.
When I settled on my Buff goal, I suddenly had a focus for my training. It helped immensely in motivating me to work at the level necessary to achieve the goal.
It's surprising to take this long to figure this stuff out.
First of all Congrats mike! That's awesome
I am happy to report that I am in fact alive. I finished Ironman Wisconsin in 14:20:55. My bike was just a tad slower taking 7:02:58 for 112 miles. This was actually my second year completeing this race but I think I will be done for a while
That's amazing. I can't contemplate attempting a marathon, let alone completing one along with a 112 mile bike ride AND a 2.4 mile open water swim. That takes some serious training and commitment. Great job.
Now that you've done 2, you should do 3. Or 4, or 8 or whatever.
Thnx. I probably will race the distance again but I have become a little disenchanted by the World Triathlon Corporation (they own the Ironman brand name). Their races have become so expensive that to me it's a slap in the face. They take advantage of the fact that it is a lot of people's life goal to complete one. You can go race the same distance for as much, much less and you often get a better quality race.
That being said I do not put any of that on the city that hosts the race or the volunteers, they are awesome. They really go the distance to help you and are one of the more enjoyable parts of the race.
Lonewolf In perusing the local rag this morning, I learned of a triathlon right here in your backyard that is free: the Long's Peak Triathlon. The current record holder, although there is some debate as to where the record is recorded, is Bill Briggs, who must be the same Bill Briggs of extreme skiing fame (the first to ski the Grand Teton, with a fused hip no less, as chronicled in the opening of the greatest ski movie ever: Steep). Check it out. But if you attempt it, please be careful!