I have watched people race around the Champs Elysees since I was thirteen years old. I loved the ceremony of them having a procession for most of the stage and then throwing the gloves off to stomp around this loop for a sprinters finish. One that I distinctly remember was back in the late 80’s when Greg Lemond won the Tour in a time trial to beat Laurent Fignon. I taped that race off of ABC’s Wide World of Sports and watched it for a whole winter riding rollers (to be honest I crashed off the rollers that winter leaning into a turn while watching the video).
On this trip I got to experience a part of it by running the loop and it was pretty amazing. It is hard to imagine how rough those cobblestones really are and there is a grinder of a climb they make when going back up to the Arc de Triomphe.
About a month away from the Marine Corps Marathon and I am taking a bit of a break. Might not be the best thing for training, but my body is thanking me with ankles that aren’t screaming and a belly full of cheese and swirly meat. I’ll just have to make up for it when I get back but it is totally with it!
It has been a bitter sweet week here. We got to spend an evening with our friends and their two wonderful kids. It was the first time we had met their daughters and they warmed up to us pretty quickly. I learned all about the Gruffalo and how tough mice really are. Sandra’s health is good and her levels have stabilized and is doing everything she possibly can.
I also learned that a friend of mine from high school passed away. We weren’t close friends, but hung out with the same group of friends. More recently, I’d run into him at his music studio in the town we used to live in our grabbing a beer at the hotel.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
This was not the case with Terry he lived his life for music and followed his love and had an impact on so many. For me, his death puts things into perspective. There are so many things I want to do and I am lucky enough to have a wife and job that gives me the opportunity to try and achieve them. I once heard a quote that was something like:
How many times have you said that you’ll start tomorrow and look back a year later wishing you started yesterday?
Alright, enough of that…
I love to run in foreign cities and seeing the place without crowds, London was no disappointment. While running along the Thames the other day there were a bunch of sirens followed by the sound of two motorcycles twisting their throttles as hard as possible. Next came the distinctive sound of a turbo spinning up, that high pitched whine of a really fast car.
Turns out they were closing the road down to film a Porsche commercial. Thinking about that really pushed me through the last bit of my run. That driver is so good at what he does, they are willing to shut down a major thoroughfare in the center of London to drive his car as great as he can. The only way to get to do that is with a shit ton of work. And he put it in!
I am feeling kind of preachy as I go back through reading this, but we really can do whatever we want if we put in the work. So for the remainder of this week, I am going to put in the work of filling my belly with cheese and swirly meats (and a few runs here and there) while always remembering whose got that attitude.
Less than 10 hours ago, I was finishing up the Nation’s Tri and came in 42nd (out of 107) in my age group and 482 (out of 1349). I will take it! Right now, I am more that 29,000’ in the air flying to Switzerland thinking about how today went and am really happy. One thing I was really stoked about was my bike section, averaging over 21 mph for 40k.
Thank you to everyone for all of the encouragement and support in the postings today. It definitely makes it easier to stay excited.Today was just the first step in the process towards next year’s IronMan Lake Placid. I have done a lot of work over the past year just to get myself to here. In just under one year, I have lost over 45 pounds, run over 850 miles and am not sure how many miles I have put in on a bike (not as many as I should have to be honest).
But as I mentioned, this is only the start. I still have a lot of serious work lined up ahead of me, not only physically, but I also have a ways to go with my fund raising efforts. I have raised $300 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, which is a good start. But I still have another $4700 to go until I can actually toe the line in Lake Placid. So please donate and help me get there.
I cannot believe that one month has already passed! Where did it go? Things have been crazy with moving into the new house and all the travel, but I have still been making progress in both the training and fund raising.
I have raised $300 which is a good start still having 11 months to go, but I still have a ways to go. I have been working with a close friend to help put together a fund raiser and silent auction, more details to come on that one.
Its only 20 days until the Nation’s Triathlon and things are coming together for it. I feel strong with the bike and run part of it. The swim is what I am a little nervous about. In one of my pool sessions it occurred to me the only swimming I have done over the past five years has been when I have come out of my boat. Swimming for distance is a WAY different thing and more tiring. At least I have identified this weakness early with a lot of time to work on it.
Once the Nation’s Tri is over, I am going to have to shift gears and focus my sights on the Marine Corps Marathon which is the end of October. I hope to see you at some of the upcoming events and really appreciate all of your support as I am moving forward. Please do not forget to help me get to the Lake Placid IronMan and donate to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
I think it was 14 years ago on a climbing trip through New York and New Hampshire with a couple of friends that I stumbled into the IronMan Lake Placid. Three dirty guys and a stinky dog wandered into an amazing place full of positive energy and excitement for every competitor entering the finishing area until midnight. The only way I can describe it would be – inspiring.
That inspiration has stuck with me and I have repeatedly told myself that I want to compete in that event. Following my newly adopted mantra of JFDI, I am doing it. I have officially registered for the 2017 IronMan Lake Placid on July 23rd. For those not familiar with what an IronMan triathlon entails – it is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2 mile run.
I wanted some accountability in moving forward and completing this challenge and have entered through the Charity Partner Entry supporting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Training for this is event is going to be a challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma, currently an incurable blood cancer, is the second most common blood cancer after non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Based in the U.S., the MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. They are the world’s largest private funder of multiple myeloma research and nearly 90% of the funds raised by the MMRF are budgeted for myeloma research and related programs. And the MMRF is in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the past eleven years in a row.
So many people I know have been impact by cancer in one way or another. Whether themselves personally having to fight the disease, supporting a friend or family member in their battle, or coping with the loss of a loved one. I have personally had to deal with it multiple times with my friends and immediate family and know how bad it sucks. This is one way I can try to help prevent someone else from having to go through that process as well as prove to myself that I can complete something this grand.
I have set a minimum goal of raising $5,000 and ask for your help in achieving it. All US donations are tax deductible and you will receive confirmation from MMRF shortly after making the contribution. So please help me raise the money to help a worthwhile organization and prevent other people from having to deal with cancer.