BENEFITING: Special Operations Warrior Foundation
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR CAUSE
On A Mission
Task: Complete the three disciplines, a total of 140.6 miles, of the September 27, 2015 Chattanooga Ironman in honor of The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Fallen Heroes, my family, friends, and supporters of this journey and cause. Raise money and awareness for SOWF and to hear the voice of Mike Reilly say “JT, you are an Ironman”.
Conditions: Given a 2.4 mile open water swim course in the Tennessee River with the water temperature in the mid 70’s. A 112 mile bike course through Tennessee and Georgia with an elevation gain of 3400’. A 26.2 mile run course through the Scenic City and along the Tennessee River. All disciplines to be conducted in various weather conditions over a 17 hour period.
Standards: The Ironman must be completed by midnight (within 17 hours of the start time). You are removed from the course if you do not meet the swim cut-off time of 2 hours 20 minutes, the bike cut-off time of 10 hours 30 minutes from the swim start, and the run must be completed by midnight.
The Ironman is typically regarded as one of the most challenging endurance event in the world. For me, it started in 2013 as I followed Hines Ward train and compete to become an Ironman. I had a passion for it and it rejuvenated me. I went into research mode and found out quickly it was quite the task. You need this and that and more of this. This works; that doesn’t. Enough, let’s just do this. My wife really got into the endurance nutrition side of things and started saying words I had never heard. She cooked and made me eat some of the most disgusting things one can imagine, some were good though. They were “good for you foods”. She took responsibility for my nutrition plan and we are working that plan as we add the miles. I trained hard for about four months and life happened so I backed off and attended to the things I needed to attend to. When life settled down I pulled the gear and training schedule back out and started again. It really is about sacrifice. Not the sacrifices I have made, the sacrifices my family has made. Cody (my son) is scared to ask “What’s for supper?”
In September 2014, my wife and I attended the Chattanooga Ironman as a spectator. For military folks this was my RECON. It drove the nail home. Registration opened on Monday the day after the 2014 race for the 2015 event. The e-mail I received was titled “Go Time”. This is how it read: “It’s go time!!! That was a booger (registration) but we are in. Now tonight is motel planning and start fundraising plan! Love you!” I also registered with the Ironman Foundation which provides a platform to raise money for the non-profit organization of my choice. I have chosen The Special Operations Warrior Foundation. In doing so, I am making our journey a race for a cause. Please consider joining me on this journey.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation
SOWF began in 1980 as a Scholarship Fund to provide education for the 17 children who survive the nine men killed or incapacitated during Desert One (Iranian Hostage Rescue attempt). Shortly after, the United States Special Operations Command was created and the fund expanded to encompass all Special Operations Forces.
The mission of SOWF is to provide a college education to every child who has lost a parent while serving in ARMY, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations during an operational mission or training exercise. SOWF provides a $3,000 stipend to the families of severely wounded Special Operations personnel to cover immediate needs families face when a loved one is hospitalized. The funds, sent overnight allow families to overcome the immediate costs of airline tickets, child care, rental cars, hotels and meals until more permanent assistance can be provided.
Please join me on my journey by making a donation on this secure fundraising webpage.
You can find more information on SOWF at specialops.org. Thank you for your support in advance.
"It’s Go Time"