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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!