BENEFITING: Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.
In September of 2016, I had the harebrained idea of running an Ironman. So, I joined a triathlon club and started training. Hard to believe that was almost a year ago.
For those of you who are not familiar with the insanity of an Ironman competition, it is a race not unlike a marathon. In fact, part of an Ironman race is a full marathon (26.2 mile run) but before you do the marathon you swim 2.4 miles in open water and then ride your bike 112 miles to get to the starting line of the marathon. 140.6 miles total (but who's counting).
If that sounds crazy to you, there is good reason. IT IS CRAZY.
While most races have a 17 hr time limit, world champions complete the race in just over 8 hrs. The average triathlete seems to take about 12.5 hrs to complete the ordeal. My goal is to complete the race in 12.5 hrs. Average. Sounded much more ambitious before I wrote it down:-(
I am told that most triathletes start with shorter races. In fact, more than half of the athletes in my triathlon club have never attempted a full Ironman. They think I am a bit crazy trying this for my first triathlon. They’re probably right. Go big or go home, I guess.
Aside from ticking a box on the bucket list, I would like to accomplish something with this effort and that is where you come in. Donna and I have decided to donate $1000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center in honor of my effort and I hope to raise an additional $10,000 from friends and family (remember: Go big or go home). If you aren't familiar with this amazing organization, I encourage you to check them out (splcenter.org).
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. They were founded in the early 70's by this incredible attorney, Morris Dees and, in spite of frequent death threats and attempts to actually carry through on these threats, to this day he and his team continue to devote their lives to fighting for the rights of others. In light of how bigotry, prejudice and hate are making a bit of a resurgence in our country (accepted, if not encouraged, by the current administration and some of their supporters), I can’t think of a better cause to support.
So, on July 29, I will be going the extra mile (actually, just over 140 of them) at the Santa Rosa Ironman.
Please consider going the extra mile with me by clicking on the "DONATE" link above and making a donation to the SPLC in support of my insane 12.5 hr ordeal.
I appreciate all of the support and encouragement I have received and continue to receive from friends and family through the long hours training, getting injured, recovering from injury and training more. I hope that my efforts and yours will make a difference for the SPLC and the many many folks they help.