I think everyone is born with something they have to do, and for me, this is it.
I have met the most AMAZING group of athletes here at Cycle-Logic. Seriously, our bikes being damaged were the biggest blessing in our move. I challenge you to find a nicer, kinder, more motivating, unpretentious and accepting group of athletes anywhere in Canada. They train hard but they have FUN. They don't take themselves too seriously and are always up for anything. So when I'm spending all of my time cycling, running, swimming, lifting, doing yoga and whatever else comes my way, it's not only because I need to, but because I want to hang out with my friends.
Back in 2007, I had the opportunity to go to Kona for the Ironman World Championships for 10 days as part of my job. This was a dream trip. I spent my early mornings handing out product to the athletes as they did their morning swims, and I even managed to swim the course a couple of times on my own. My afternoons were spent managing our booth at the expo and my evenings attending various Ironman-related activities. On race day, I was on the course with my colleagues, helping to pace some of pros and cheer on the age-groupers. My co-workers even handed Macca his Gatorade that he joyfully dumped on himself when he crossed the finish line that day.
When I started to get serious about my training for 2013, I was left feeling like my Half Ironman wasn't enough. Sure, it would be a lot of hard work, but I wasn't satisfied with the thought of working towards just one goal this year. I wanted some more dynamic, more exciting. In reviewing my training plan for 2013, I knew I would be ahead of this goal if I kept up my training with my fellow athletes and friends. I knew I would be putting in the time and I was feeling the urge for more. And so I decided to go for it: 2013 will be the year I complete my first Ironman.