Hello friends. Welcome to another long post, recapping the trials and tribulations of Ironman Louisville weekend. If you do not want to read about every detail that should be in Gossip Girl, feel free to skip to Game Day.

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Last year I competed in Lake Placid, but DNF’d (Did Not Finish) due to missing the bike cutoff for the second loop. You could imagine my excitement and my anticipation (patiently plotting my revenge on the Lake Placid course) to this year’s race. I made sure I practiced more hill climbs (Central Park loops, 9W & Bear Mountain) and added leg work in the gym to help on climbs.

I will finish this time… Well, at least make the bike cutoff.

“NO, NO, NO! You are going to finish this! You run marathons!”

It was my brother-in-law. He noticed that I looked ill. I frantically made hand signals for the bucket. I felt food coming up my esophagus, but I was standing, staring at the ceiling and breathing deeply. I felt extremely nauseous… I just ate 12 dozen oysters.

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This is a throwback post from July 2012.

Three months ago, my coworker asked me if I was interested in signing up for Tough Mudder. I looked at the website video and was scared but intrigued. Tough Mudder New England at Mount Snow? I could do more than 25 pushups and 6 pullups but am I ready? 

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Photo Credit by Reebok Spartan Race

This is a throwback post from June 2013.

After completing Tough Mudder last year, a few friends contacted me to try a Spartan Race. I agreed and signed up.

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WTF? I just got passed by banana man.

A man in a banana costume passed me at the 1/2 mile marker and my ego sinks. I could not catch him. 

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Photo credit to Justyna Prazuch (my friend and awesome IronMan triathlete)

“YO LET’S SIGN UP FOR THE TRI.”

What? When is it? How much is it going to cost? Wait, we have to fundraise? Are we really going to swim in the Hudson? 

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“ARE YOU READY?” inquired a friend.

 

I shrugged. “Yeah, I was ready months ago…”