It has been just under five months since the woeful cancelation of IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, which sent me into a motivational tailspin from which I'm still struggling to recover. There was a hidden goal to last year's multi-Ironman escapades: I wanted to burn myself out so I could "retire" sans regret. Well, I have good news and bad news.
Monday, September 22, 2014
(I wrote the first part of this email in a good-natured and understanding mood, but then I got the lackluster "options" email from Ironman and now I'm legitimately angry and felt the need to add a big rant at the end.)
The 2014 IRONMAN Lake Tahoe event was canceled due to poor air quality stemming from the nearby King Fire. As of last night, the King Fire has consumed more than 80,000 acres and destroyed more than ten homes. My heart goes out to all of those who have been and continue to be impacted by this disaster.
To all of the athletes and first-timers who trained all year for this event: You're still champions! You're still in the best shape of your life. It's the months of that make you an Ironman, not the race itself.
As for the race organizers...
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Another month, another Ironman challenge! After tackling Ironman Texas in May and Ironman Coeur d'Alene five weeks later, I entered July with an enormous base of fitness. I hadn't been running much, but the knee issue that had kept me sidelined was on the mend. As August approached, so did the date of my next big race: the inaugural Ironman Boulder in Boulder, Colorado.