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Reaching back in the archives, in 2004, four weeks before Kona I had a bike crash, broke left Femur, three screws and lots of mental anguish later, Doctor said: Your running days are over. I said: You can’t be serious. Then I remembered, I had signed up for Lake Placid 2005 (yeah, yeah, it was a long time ago) but it seems like yesterday. Rays of hope, I started slowly getting back in shape and did my first race early March.
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A little more went into Gulf Coast 70.3 than any race I had done before. Prior to October 2019, I was self-coached in the swim and bike, and had a run specific coach (@TrailATL). Big plans were set for the 2020 season, but we all know what happened to those. With the unknown component of when racing would resume, my coach (@JPElitetri) kept uploading workouts and I kept on truckin’ through them. The weeks leading up to the race is when things got really tough.
Due to Covid-19, so many races have been cancelled or postponed since early spring. I was signed up to compete Ironman Muncie 70.3 on 7/11/20 which seemed like it would happen. We received an email with new protocols to keep athletes and volunteers safe. They video showed us the changes they made including a sign up for bike drop-off so that they can control the number of athletes coming to the transition area the day before the race.
Had a chance to race at the Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon a few weeks. I was able to sneak into the top 10 and take home Masters only because my friend Chris Johnson finished in the top 3. Here’s a quick recap of the race.
During the coronavirus pandemic and in a world that’s social distancing, there’s not a lot of triathlon activity to get energized about with race delays and cancellations. Like many sport fans, I’m turning to EPSN and IRONMAN drawing inspiration from past performances, iconic finishes and underdogs taking the win. As I reflect on my greatest accomplishment in my 20+ years of triathlon, I thought I’d share the memory.
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