Let me put it in perspective for you:
- Swim 2.4 miles (3.8K)
- Cycle 112 miles (180K)
- Run 26.2 miles (42.2K) – a marathon
And do it all in temperatures that ranged from about 20 degrees C up to 34 degrees C.
I was there to cheer on Terry, a local resident, who had decided that 2011 was the year that he was going to compete in, and finish, the Ironman. Talking to Terry and his wife, Claire, they had described what a decision this was for both. Terry underwent back surgery in February, so not only has he had to train for Ironman, he has also had to recover and rehabilitate carefully. Claire’s life has been devoted to training alongside her husband. She knew that she had to be there for him so that the long runs and cycles were not lonely, and to show that she was with him all the way in this endeavour.
Family life and business, although important to Terry, had to take a back seat for a while. But at 7am on Sunday 28th August, Terry was standing on the beach of the Okanagan Lake, ready to start the challenge that he knew would drain every ounce of strength from his body and mind.
Challenges are part of life. They come at us from every angle – some are unexpected, some we put on ourselves. We have a choice: meet the challenge, or crumble under it. Meeting the challenge won’t always mean that we successfully navigate it, but challenges always build character.
So what’s your character like? Weak, crumbly, apathetic? Or strong, determined, versatile and open?
Terry’s character proved to be strong yesterday. He completed the Ironman within the alloted time, although he had to walk the marathon. But then he knew that it would come to forcing one foot in front of the other. Terry overcame.
So to Terry, and all those amazing people who endured yesterday – congratulations. You have my admiration and respect.
YOU ARE CRAZY!!!!