EVENT DATE: Jun 23, 2013
For those who know me, I undertook a lifestyle change in June of 2011 in order to combat the downward spiral my health was taking. Barely standing 5'11" I was 290 pounds, and around 45% body fat. Over the course of the past two years I have worked to not only bring my body to a level a fitness that will allow me to enjoy life more freely, but also change the lifestyle I live so my gains can be long term. One of the major factors of this change (other than having to fit into a vest for a good friends wedding), were the issues that it was having on my knees, legs & feet.
I was born with bi-lateral clubfeet which has made the challenging task of becoming fit even more of an uphill battle. The usual methods of casting helped correct the issues in my right foot, but failed to correct the severe deformity in my left foot. Through many surgeries, the last being a string of three in 2005, I have ended up with a lopsided left half. My left leg is 3" smaller in muscle mass, 1" shorter, and two sizes smaller than my right foot.
Having lost over 100 pounds and quickly approaching my goal of 175lbs, I decided to compete in Triathlon to celebrate two things: (1) my two year mark of change and (2) doing something that no one thought possible when I was born.
Through this event, I would like to raise $2500 dollars for an organization called miraclefeet.
"miraclefeet is dedicated to providing proper treatment for children born with clubfoot in developing countries. miraclefeet partners with local orthopedic surgeons working in public hospitals to establish and support clubfoot clinics within the existing public health system. miraclefeet believes this is the most effective, efficient and sustainable approach to prevent the significant disability caused by untreated clubfoot around the world.
miraclefeet can fully treat a child with clubfoot in a developing country for about $250 per child transforming his or her life forever."
(Above is taken from the miraclefeet website)
Other Important Information
Date: Sunday, June 23 @ 8:00AM
Location: Foster Arends Park
Event: Olympic Triathlon