All year I look forward to the Rev3 Cedar Point 70.3 race. It is my priority race of the season and my goal to have a good day on the course. Because it is a big race, my parents make the trip to Ohio as well, so it is a great excuse for some family time as well. This year was even more special as it was the first time my in-laws were able to see me in an event, and that was great. However, even though I was racing and ready to go after it on Sunday, I was not the main event of the year…
As most of you know, and I am sure are probably sick of hearing and reading about, I am a triathlete and a member of More Than Sport. That means that God has blessed me with the physical ability of swimming, biking and running a given number of miles on any given day. Now I am not saying that I do any of these particularly well or fast, but I am able to do them none the less which is more than many are able to say. There are however many individuals, children, veterans, and adults who for one reason or another are not able to participated in these events on their own. They are athletes in their minds, but their bodies wont allow them to do it without assistance.
I am proud to say that on Sept 13th, I will be pariticipating in the Lake Geneva Tri Rock Sprint Triathlon as an “Angel Athlete”, and together with Jeff Zematis, and Joe Emmons we will assist a disabled athlete participating in a triathlon. This race is not about me, it is about giving back and helping someone else achieve their goals and live their dreams but in order to do so, I need your help.
It has been quite some time since my last post, but it’s only because life has been so great and busy. I have race reports I still need to finish from earlier in the season but knew I needed to write this report right away because this past weekend was a new, MORE meaningful kind of race success thanks to the generosity of so many people coming together for a common goal.
The first race of my season came early for me. I was invited by More Than Sport to race the Lavaman Wiakoloa Olyimpic distance race, in Kona Hawaii, so my wife and I jumped at the opportunity. This was easily the most beautiful place I have ever been much less raced, and although there were some painful times I absolutely loved every minute of the experience.
Ever since I started watching the Biggest Loser it has been a goal of mine to meet Jillian Michaels. That goal finally became a reality when my wife and I had the pleasure of attending her Maximize Your Life Tour last Thursday in Joliet.
If you’ve seen her on The Biggest Loser or listened to any of Jillian’s Podcasts before, then you know what you’re getting: A fun, yet serious, no BS approach to life and change. I absolutely love this approach; There’s no sugar coating and no excuses. You either do it or your don’t. The choice is yours. The show is a close companion to her book, “Unlimited: A Three Step Plan for Achieving Your Dreams”, and is broken down into 3 different sections: diet, exercise, self.
This week was a tough one. As the owner of a small business you never know when, or where the work is going to come from, or how much of it will come all at one time. This past two weeks has been amazing for work, not so much for the training. There was a good stretch there where bed time had gotten moved to 3am, with wake up calls at 7am. Needless to say 4 hours of sleep is barely enough to function just walking around, much less try to swim, bike or run.
I love nothing more than being a dad, my kids mean the world to me and I would do anything and everything for them. I am most happy when we are doing something together, working on pinewood derby cars, riding bikes to school, playing in the pool, or going out for a walk. The last two weeks we have spent a different kind of time together, we have all been sick. UGH!
I am a man, so generally I am no good at being sick, I become wimpy, a bit whiney, and complain about everything. I am not proud of it, but its what I do. This time it was even worse because I was smack dab in the middle of some base training and doing really well with consistency. I could see gains in my fitness, my swimming felt like it was coming together and I was feeling confident in my long runs. Then Jack got sick. DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN.