The Race before the Race

Yesterday morning, as I was treading water in Kailua Bay before the start of the Ironman, I let out a huge sight of relief. 1925 other athletes were jammed into this small body of water and we were about to get busy. I was relieved because I had put myself in position to race, which is no easy feat itself. Ironman Hawaii requires you to overcome many obstacles before you tackle the course.

Just qualifying is a challenge. I qualified at Ironman Brasil, which had its own pre-race races. Getting to Hawaii requires resources (financial and other), planning (e.g. being away from work), logistics (e.g. gear, bikes, etc.), lots of training, a serious amount of travel, and the need to stay healthy and injury free. Yesterday morning, I had made it through all of that stuff and the only thing left to do was race.

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