Friday, September 25, 2009

Good Reason I've Been Away . . .

It has been a little bit of a rough year, but so rewarding at the same time.

I have finished my first 70.3 IM that consists of a 1.2 mile swim followed by a 56 mile bike finished with a 13.1 mile run. This was IM New Orleans, where I cam from that race with a broken foot.

Then in the last week of June when I was allowed to cycle, I was run off the road and as a result I have a slightly torn rotator cuff and something else going on in there that I don’t really understand – Surgery to follow at some point.

Needless to say my lead up to Ironman Florida has had its hurdles but, I can’t imagine anyone who hasn’t had issues leading up to their own Ironman?

Then came July.

In July we had our beautiful baby girl on the 13th and I may be the most blessed man ever. WARNING: Cheezyness to follow . . . I have a perfect marriage (as perfect as they can be) I have the most awesomeness wife a person could imagine. I have a job that I feel satisfies my desire to help people and it happens to provide well for my family, and finally . . . I have the most beautiful child who I have come to find is already a genius (Harvard . . . We are accepting invitations now).

My little girls takes a WEEEEE bit of my time . . . She doesn’t demand it since she is a wonderful baby who cries little and smiles greatly which makes me only want to be around her more. That is not a big help when it comes to IM training!!!

But she is a real motivator since I have so many new and improved goals to assure my daughter the best that is possible and the first thing I can do is succeed in my fight with obesity.

I was given permission to begin running again in August. I began a 13 week IM training program and I have stuck to it and I feel as though I will finish come November 7th, but it won’t be pretty. I have decoded I will take this experience and enjoy it and (I know this is IM taboo) but I will enjoy it and when then end of that day comes I will smile and hold my wife and my daughter knowing they are what matters to me and my life and I will become emotional and I will squeeze them till I can’t.

I will be more consistent in posting from this point forward since I believe it is a constructive part of my mental training and preparation for the race.

Ironman Florida – November 7th 2009. Panama City Beach Florida. Be there!


7 comments:

FLATOUT JIM said...

Hill repeats with baby on a rear wheel carrier is excellent Ironman Training

Congrats and Best of Luck in Panama City Beach.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Good to hear from you dude. You need to email me. I am having a party for at least 3 others from blogland at the Sunbird on Wednesday night. I am the king of finishing "just in time", so I might be able to give you pointers on Wednesday. But, I believe you already have the main key, you know it in your heart..

Damie said...

congratulations on the beautiful baby girl!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Oh, and I forgot the important stuff..... CONGRATULATIONS!!

amybee said...

CONGRATS on your new baby! How wonderful for you and your wife.

Also great that you are back in the saddle, so to speak.

I'll be very interested in reading about your Ironman training experiences and will cheer you on (virtually) on event day.

I signed up for IM WI -- have about 50 weeks to fret and train...

Lane said...

Congrats on the new baby!!! Great news! I will be at IMFL and have been confirmed as a finish line volunteer! Looking forward to being there when you cross the line!

Lynnea B said...

I warned you that babies take up your time. It's hard to train when all you want to do is hold them and smile! Seriously, congratulations. You hadn't known long when I met you about your future fatherhood and were a little nervous. But even in the short time we spent together I am sure you will be a great Dad.