Last year after Ironman Wisconsin I was totally burnt out. I had my best Ironman finish that race even with some injuries including getting ran into on the bike. I had already accepted the fact that I had to fundraise $50K for Smile Train for the Ironman World Championships. I had 1 more 70.3 and Ironman Arizona still left on my plate and I really didn’t want to do either of them, but I didn’t want to defer them a year either, so I pushed through them. After IMAZ I walked away from structured workouts and signing up for any races, I wanted a break, I needed a break. Someone once said that “When you stop having fun, you need to walk away.” Well, I had arrived at that destination. The fun was gone from the training and the long racing. Mentally I was drained, and physically I just needed a break.
So here I am 6 months till the Ironman World Championships and I’m ready to get back to it. I still have about $44K to raise to even toe the line and anything that I don’t raise, I have to pay for out of my pocket. I’m not totally out of shape but I have a LONG road ahead of me. The road to the Ironman World Championship isn’t just about completing a race, it’s about so much more. When you’re trying to raise money for a cause it’s about making a difference in the world. Did you know that globally, 1 in every 700 children is born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Clefts are the leading birth defect in many developing countries. Yes this includes the United States. Yet in the news you can bet that we heard about which couple in the entertainment industry are breaking up, getting together, or who wore what better walking down the red carpet. So even before starting the training for the IWC my supporters been able to make a difference in raising 28 smiles for children with cleft. That’s 28 children which might just be a drop in the bucket, but that’s 28 children who are going to go on to have a better life than before. I have about 176 more smiles to go before I can go to the IWC and it’s by far the toughest thing that I’ve chosen to do. Yes, I’m very well aware that I could fail at it and I will tackle that if it happens. What I can keep doing though is giving my best effort and keep accepting help from people that I wouldn’t have thought of being those to help out.
If you’d like to help support me in my quest for the Ironman World Championships, but more importantly give a child the gift of a smile and a better life you can donate using the link below or by clicking on the Smile Train picture on the website. Your support is 100% tax deductible.