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The Triathlete's Strength

Organized by: Steven Hunt

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Steven, you are an Angel from above.
May 05, 2016

Janet C. LaPort, TX. 2016 Memorial Herman Galveston 70.3 Ironman As those that raced 4/10/16, you were witness to an accident at the mile 15 See More

THE STORY:

April 1st, 2016, two weeks prior to the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN 70.3 Texas. I was brutally attacked and left for dead. Severe Subdural Hemorrhage, L2 & L3 fracture, cervical fracture, 4 broken fingers, bruised kidneys, and numerous contusions and lacerations. One week spent in ICU. During my stay, along with the meds, I had, what seemed like a logical idea. I vowed that no one, was going to have the power to take away all my hours of dedication and hard work, leading up to my 2016 Ironman journey. One week later, April 10th, 2016, I stood in line, awaiting the sound of the cannon fire, initiating the start of the race. Probably, the dumbest move I've ever made. Broken back, broken neck, broken fingers, my body felt like I was on fire. What the hell was I thinking? Answer: I wasn't. It was sheer drive and determination. I had trained hard for a year, 2016 was going to be my record year of 5 IM's. It was pure determination and self confidence that pushed me that day. I finished the race, actually finished a few hours under the time limit. Didn't set any records, but I achieved what I set out to accomplish. However, something changed inside me during the race, as if time slowed. I began to think of those, both close to me and strangers alike, that have endured injuries. Some so significant they will never be able to participate in the sport they love, others deceased by careless drivers, some just fluke accidents. Triathlete's are stubborn, Type A personalities. The Triathlon sport itself is a very time consuming, demanding and expensive sport. When an incident arises, such as an injury, or illness, that athlete is out a great deal, both financially, as well as mentally. In hindsight, my decision to carry on, was careless and selfish, especially considering I'm a single parent. However, my awakening to create a foundation which helps other Triathletes in times of need, make my decision beneficial. You may not know a Triathlete, you may not know anything about the sport. It's true, we're not as famous as the NFL or MLB, nor do we get paid like that. We do it because we love the challenge, we pay for the expenses out of our own pockets, we sacrifice our time so we can work, enjoy our families, raise our children. All this and train in the middle of the night. Help me create a foundation for those athletes who have made the sacrifice and dedications, but for some unfortunate situation, were stripped of their dream. I want to take my second chance, which was given to me and pay it forward to those less fortunate. Those that weren't given that second chance. Help me create a foundation that simply acknowledges the fact that we recognize the sacrifices you have endured.

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Barbi Conner

Barbi Conner

DONATION: $50

Just a little something to help lift spirits, hopes & faith 1 year ago

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Thank You 1 year ago

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