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“Somewhere behind the competitor you’ve become, the practices, the people who pushed you, the races you have competed in, the long time dedication, and the friendships you have made along the way, there’s a little boy who fell in love with the race; do it for him….”

Friday, September 5, 2008

Louisville et. al.

Not much to report. I think everyone knows what a brutal day it was. A really ho hum race for me and I can't really explain how disappointing this entire season was- embarrassing really. I trust God will use it for others. The positives were making new friends and acquaintances like Todd, Mel and the kids. Big shout out to Bree and E (Eileen). It was so great to meet new and wonderful people yet again!

I made SO MANY rookie mistakes out there. Days before I had adjusted my plan for the heat. For some reason I just couldn't follow it. Sometimes when you try to run a 3:15 you end up at 3:55 instead of planning on a 3:30 and running a 3:30. If so this would have been my most successful Ironman. However, I broke many cardinal rules of Ironman. We recently had an irondistance camp in which I shared a list of the 7 deadly sins of Ironman. If only I could heed my own advice! I had huge problems with 1,2,4, 6 and 7. Hey 5 of 7 isn't bad..... urgh!

7 Deadly Sins of Ironman

1. Gluttony: Don’t gorge yourself during the race or go paces you can’t hold (a glutton for punishment).

2. Envy: Don’t envy someone’s bike, body or race time/pace

3. Greed: Remember to SHARE the road with competitors, anything you can do to help someone else, and the glory of this accomplishment with friends and family!

4. Sloth: Don’t get lazy with nutrition, lack of concentration on pace, and your race plan in general!

5. Wrath: Don’t get mad at other competitors, race volunteers or yourself- it’s just wasted energy.

6. Lust: Don’t fall in love with the Ironman- it’s still just a race, it doesn't make you who you are it just provides a special quality to you life.

7. Pride: Check your pride at the door. Stay within yourself and your plan. No one else’s plans matter on that day – it’s YOURS take it!

Thanks to everyone who has supported me this season. It's been a crazy ride but something I wouldn't trade or ever forget. It's now time to spend more time with family, work on business and just "get a life".
Gear West
Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Friends and family,
I can't express how much appreciation and love I have for you all! Micki and the girls, Kate Monster, Dan and Kris, Jer, Chris, Kevin and all of you (sorry I could never list them all) have made this year what I couldn't on the course. I love you all!

We'll see you out there!


Mel said...

I love this: 6. Lust: Don’t fall in love with the Ironman- it’s still just a race, it doesn't make you who you are it just provides a special quality to you life.
"I think too many people get too involved in the Ironman and think that is what defines them"!!
John, it was SO nice to finally get to meet are super just like how Kate talks you up:)
Enjoy your family time and I am sure I will see you again some time!!!!

BreeWee said...

I had no idea you had a blog, I found it from Kate Monster!

You may have been one of the coolest people I ever met... even laughing at my moms "let's pray" jokes!

I wish you would have told me the 7 ironman sins prerace! Then I would not have caved into Gluttony and ruined my stomach for my run! And I am with Mel, #6 I am totally learning on this rookie year of mine!

Enjoy your family! All the best!

Cy said...

John-It was so wonderful to see you this weekend-FINALLY!!

Thanks for the nice chat on Cowbell hill. It's great to hear your persepective on 'things' as I make a few big decisions myself!

Head hig John-You are amazing.

Eileen Swanson said...

SO great to hang out with you in Lou! OMG - how many times did you make me laugh?? You are so fun to hang out with. Ok, now go check your email, I sent you one....


juliemac said...

I know that I always learn from you john- so thanks for that!! seasons come and go.....and there is always another one, right??
cuz, we are young!!
It was great to hang out in madison.
looking forward to more "hanging out" now that it is official OFF season!!
You are the best, as is your lovely family!!
love ya!!

Anonymous said...

DEATH MARCH is all I am going to say!!! More amazing lessons learned with racing with Super Coach.

Tiffany said...

Tiff Freeman here! Great job John. I'm thinking of starting to train. It's been a long time but KateMonster's blog motivated me. And now yours too. It's been a long time since I ran more than three miles. ;-) Enjoy your time with your family John (your kids are beautiful by the way). Also, please tell your parents hi for me. What great people. God Bless! Tiff

Mel said...

ARE you still alive??

Hope all is well with you and the family:)