I recently watched two of my amazing athletes finish their first Ironman at Ironman Boulder. It was even more rewarding than crossing that line myself. One of those athletes – David – sent me the below summary in an email shortly after his Ironman finish. I asked him if I could share it on my blog. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. Here it is:
Part of my Ironman journey included countless trips to my massage therapist, Karen. Countless trips to my physical therapist Lee and Jackie at International Pain Solutions…with dry needling and deep tissue massage. I endured getting crashed into and being taken out by an out of control, speeding skateboarder while I was riding up Lookout Mountain with Bill. There were: Ice bags on calf muscles. Ice baths. Epson salt baths. Foam roller. OWS? Long, boring runs up The Bluffs in the snow that felt like sand. Long, boring swims. Runner’s Edge Saturday runs. Fogged-up goggles. Swims with Lisa at Northridge masters. Swims with Cama Jo and Dennis at Greenwood Athletic Club. 5:30 am swims at Grant Ranch. Boring rides. A chilly run through the beautiful red hills of Moab for 19 miles at Red Hot. Getting over my panic feeling in open water…kind of. Workouts together. Workouts apart. Trying to keep up on my bike with Carrie and Joann at the Elephant Rock in June and all the training rides. Way too many bad tasting recovery drinks. Sunscreen. Bonk bars? Freezing ride to Carter Lake during the early spring. Sweat. Learning to and updating my Training Peaks training log for my coach Cary. THANK YOU Cary Kinross-Wright for being my coach and therapist! Early morning TRX core conditioning with Jennifer at GAC. Frogs and pikes. Jen who without saying my name would look in my direction and say don’t point your toes during one of her spin classes. Don’t forget your heart rate strap or I can’t compute the data. Trying to keep up with Frank and Jay in the pool at GAC and quickly giving up. Two flats while riding into a pothole around Chatfield. Chain grease-covered legs. Sunburned shoulders. Running with Carsten. Sore regions. My friend Phil would say get behind my wheel! Stomp on your pedals. Use your hams. Get into your Zen and breathe! Water bottles and more water bottles – fill them again with Skratch. Skratch? Another load of Tri kits to wash. Breakfast in Boulder after training. Watching Ted sweat. Countless calories in the form of Vanilla Cliff Shots. Homemade almond protein bars from Megan’s recipe. Eat more calories she said! Stiff muscles. Nagging pains. Inspired by Vince. From 14% to 11% body fat. Not enough sleep. More Garmin data to upload. Will all this training ever be enough? Keep swimming. Two loops-yeah! Keep riding. Keep running. Keep eating. Don’t ask yourself why. You know why. For one chance. One chance to go for it all. One chance to run down the finisher shoot, high five countless supporters on Pearl Street and hear those words, “You…David Poole…are now an Ironman.” Thank you Jay and Frank for lighting a fire inside me to sign up in January for the Boulder series and then train. Thank you Frank, Chris and Sara for organizing so many of our workout sessions and being helpful and answering all my questions for this first timer. Thanks to Ryan and his Kompetitve Edge staff for outfitting me with my Quintana Roo Tri bike. Thank you Kathy and The Fast Lab. Thank you to all of my Ironman Boulder 2014 Training Group training partners for all your encouragement. Thank you to all the volunteers during Ironman Boulder. And thank you Marlene, Violet, Sophia and David, Patrick Poole and Chris Poole for making all the colorful signs and being my outstanding race day crew. It’s has been a fun and very rewarding journey!