The day came together and I knew I was right where God wanted me to be and that everything was going to be just fine. What a relief it was! When I came back my friends were elated and ready to celebrate with me. It felt really really good!
How lucky am I that I have all of these people who I know are there in thick and thin. It's time to step up to the starting line again and I have so much to look forward to this year.
After connecting with Andres Douzogolu, the owner of Beyond Aero Sports Marketing, Sales and Athlete Representation , during our Google+ hangout which you can find HERE , I really liked what he stood for and was so thankful that he felt the same way! So, this season I'll be working with his company to create synergies, bounce ideas around and see what we can't stir up to work with some great companies to promote their interests and develop relationships. I couldn't be more excited about this new partnership!
Finally, I always want racing to be about more than just me because frankly, it is. I race for so many reasons, but just a few are to inspire others, have a platform to reach out and do positive things and to use the gifts I've been given for reasons bigger than just my own personal gratification. This year every single race I do will be dedicated to a special person who deserves it more than you can imagine.
In less than 10 days I'll be lining up at the start line of San Juan 70.3 for my first race of the season. Two years ago in Cozumel 2010 I met Pastor Bob McCartney. It was his first Ironman and we were staying at the same resort so we did some biking together before the race. He had the amazing story of losing over 80 lbs over the course of his triathlon training and had such as passion for the sport.
He and his family were just a joy to be around and Kyle and I loved getting to know them.
We've kept in touch and this year he was going for his second crack at Ironman at Lake Placid this July. Unfortunately, he found out he had thorasic outlet syndrome and was in a lot of pain. Instead of Ironman Lake Placid, he would be getting surgery, not a great trade in my opinion! I could feel his spirit crushing over his message to me asking Kyle and I to pray for him during this tough time.
My heart just went out to him and his family. I know this was impacting all of them and although the road after surgery would be long, I know, because of my own history, that Bob can come back stronger and better than ever before. The doctors are confident that after 2-3 months Bob will be back on his bike and he's even hoping to do a half iron later in the year.
At some point we are all struggling. We all have scars and our own issues that arise. It's what we do with the information and issues that matter. When I think about Bob and how much he would like to be on a starting line it helps me to get over any issues I might have and just thank my lucky stars that I am able to compete and be healthy enough to get out there no matter the outcome. My scars have shown me just how possible it is to come back from the darkest of days. I know Bob will find that out as well.
So, Bob - KEEP THE FAITH! I'll be rooting for you for 4.5 hours (approximately) next Sunday in San Juan! Don't give up on your dreams.. they are right around the corner. God Bless you and your family.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.”