It’s that time of year when it’s dark in the morning and it’s dark in the early evening and it’s cold. It’s that time of year when getting in a good workout means bundling up and facing the possibility of a run made difficult and uncomfortable by the elements.
It’s also that time of year to toss your hat in the ring if you want a spot in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon which is what I did last night (wish me luck).
Today’s video is about facing adversity and getting out on the course anyhow. It isn’t about the dark and the cold weather, though – it’s about carrying on even when you’ve been dealt a low blow like say the loss of a limb. Knowing that people carry on against such a challenge really motivates me to quit whining and avoiding my workouts and just get out there. I hope it helps you, too.
Today is dedicated to Ryan Shay who died while running in the Olympic Trials in New York City. Ryan’s story is well known to most people who read this blog.
Less well known is the story of Dorothy Barnett-Griffin who died during the swim portion of the Ironman Florida race the next day. After losing her husband in a car accident 5 years ago Dorothy and her 3 children started working with the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center to heal their wounds. She also took up athletics as a way to restore some joy in her life. In the process she met and later married Mike Barnett. Dorothy and Mike were racing in the Ironman and raising funds for Journey of Hope in the process. You can read more about Dorothy here.
I wanted to pay tribute to both of these fine people by celebrating their lives. I like to think they would want the people they left behind to follow in their footsteps and live a positive, rich life that included pursuing dreams and always being active. I think both of them would want everyone to let our light shine.
Today is the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. For triathletes this is our Boston Marathon, our Superbowl, our World Series, our World Cup. Slightly over 1800 athletes ranging in age from 19 to 78 will set out to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a marathon. Some are pros, some are age group athletes who qualified by finishing at the top of their division at another race and some are there because they got a spot in the lottery. All of them have the same task before them – to get to the finish line. It will take them anywhere from 8 to 17 hours to get there.
I may have used this video on another Saturday. I know I’ve watched it at least 30 times myself. It never gets old.
This video will post at the start of the swim – 6:45 AM Hawaii time so if you can see the video you know the athletes are somewhere along their race day journey for Ironman 2007. Best of luck to all the racers.
I found this week’s photo while hanging out in Facebook. Seems that’s the new online hangout. But that’s the subject of a whole different post. Anyhow, Jeff, a member of CRN, also hangs out in Facebook. I found these photos while visiting his profile.
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A funny thing happens when you roll the dice and start cross-training by swimming and riding your bike. You realize that you could probably manage a triathlon. You get intrigued. You sign up for a local Tri for Fun and before you know it you’re hooked.
This weekend marks the half way point between Ironman Canada and Ironman Louisville (yes, there are enough endurance junkies to fill up two Ironman races in the same weekend on the same continent) and Ironman Wisconsin, scheduled for September 9. So that’s three Ironman races over the course of three weeks on one continent—and they are all full. See what I mean about getting hooked?
In honor of this weekend and to help you “could-be” triathletes learn the ropes I am posting “The Triathlon Song” created by Tyler “Jetpack” Darby who will be competing in his first Ironman next weekend.
Here’s to everyone out there who has or will soon toe the line at a triathlon, regardless of the distance of your race.
We all have tough training days when our legs feel like lead and we’re just not in the mood. What would you do if you had no legs? How about no fingers—just a long thumb-like appendage at the end of each deformed arm? I guess you wouldn’t have to complain about your leaden legs any more but would you still train?
In 1982 a 23-year-old college student named Julie Moss made the most memorable and remarkable trip to the finish line of the Kona Ironman Championship on record. In the lead for most the latter part of the race, she found herself out of energy and falling to the pavement just yards from the finish. She was passed by another competitor but still managed to claw and crawl her way across the mats to take 2nd place. Watch this feat of unparalleled determination and inspiration as caught on film by ABC sports.
On the 25th anniversary of that event, Moss was interviewed. Watch and listen to learn what drove her to keep pushing for the finish line when it looked like she was beyond “finished.”