Family & Friends,
I am working towards being a professional athlete (ha!) (seriously though) in the sport of triathlon, and I want you to be part of the journey...
I am going to try to keep you updated on my training and my races via email and this webpage. If you want to share my emails or posts, feel free to do so, and let me know if there are people I should add to the recipient list.
Thanks for reading!
72 hours ago I was in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, racing in their Ironman triathlon. I was about 7 hours into the race and I was somewhere on the run course, getting cooked by the sun and 104 degree heat, trying to figure out a way to keep moving as quickly as I could towards the finish line. I did make it to the finish about 3 hours later and, overall, I had a great performance. More to come on Coeur d'Alene at the end of this email.
As some of you know, an Ironman is a triathlon of somewhat preposterous length - a back-to-back-to-back 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. For me, right now, that means going as hard as I can for somewhere around 10 hours. My goal over the coming months and years is to be a long-course/ultra-distance triathlon pro (yes, it's a real thing. Yes, you earn enough money). That means I'll be finishing races closer to 9 hours and, eventually, under 9 hours.
Like most worthwhile endeavors, achieving this goal is a process and will take/is taking a substantial amount of my time and effort. But, it is not just about me. It's my goal and it's a personal journey, but the process wouldn't really be worthwhile if I was the only one that got anything out of it. That's why I'm writing this email. I want you, family and friends and eventually/hopefully people I've never even met, to be positively affected. Of course, I hope to motivate people to do triathlon, but also to generally just be healthier. Triathlon and Ironman is a celebration of well-being, health and fitness, and hopefully it can inspire people to workout more, to be conscious of what they eat, to find and participate in a sport that they are passionate about. Finding and pursuing your passion, that's really what this is all about, and that's what I hope to inspire. If I can inspire someone to pursue their passion with all their effort and intelligence, then my journey would be so much more worthwhile. Inspiring others to all-out pursue their passions is really my highest goal, whatever that passion may be - healing people, fixing cars, managing people, climbing mountains, making art, programming computers, writing poems... My passion happens to be triathlon. Being a professional triathlete and competing to be the best in the world is my goal. It is something I very much desire, a goal more important than the time and effort that will be required to achieve it. I have some God-given talent for triathlon, but mostly just a love of it and a burning desire to be the best. Hopefully I can be a shining example of deciding on a goal, pursuing it with a single-minded focus and eventually reaching that goal. It is my highest ambition that this example can inspire others to do the same, whatever their passion may be and whatever they choose as their goal.
So that's what this is all about - sharing my journey and hopefully shining bright enough to inspire others to pursue their own passions, dreams, goals.