Following the last-minute cancelation of the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe event, race organizers took 36 hours to assemble a list of "options" for the 2,000+ athletes impacted. This could have been an opportunity for the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and Ironman to really go above and beyond in terms of customer service. Instead, they barely fulfilled basic social expectation. Let's break down the options that they provided.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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.