Tuesday, May 08, 2012
(SPARK FRIENDS - this is an email I just sent out to my honoree's, friends and family) after my DNF at Wildflower.
There is nothing you can do about it!!! Wiser words could not have been said about what happened to me at Wildflower this weekend, my 2012 event with team in training.
To my wife, family, honorees, donors, friends:
Let me get it out - I had five (yes 5) flat tires from the time I left the campground until I came to the conclusion there was no way I could meet the time cut off for the bike portion ( in triathlons there are time cut offs in all three disciplines), and I had to be taken by car for the last 5 miles of the bike course and declare DNF. (did not finish). A bitter pill to swallow, but as I said when I saw my team mates - the only thing that got bruised and got hurt was my ego. However, I did:
- make it the 9th highest fundraiser at this event - thanks to many of you
- did the 1,2 mile swim and I did ride 51 miles afterwards
But, as they say - there is always a first - and after 10 years of doing long bike rides, run, and triathlons this DNF was my first.
To my honoree's, to my donors, and my friends - I am sorry!!!
It is now a rainy morning in Cleveland (as opposed to a sunny day in CA), and I have had two days to process what happened, I have moved on. It serves no purpose to dwell on it.
Unfortunately I was not the only one with problems from our Cleveland team. one person could not get into a rhythm with the swim, ad was so exhausted that he decided to stop after 2/3 of the swim and had support crew take him in - one person had bad leg cramps and decided to stop during the swim. Worst off was the person who was kicked in the head during the swim, and probably got a concussion and blurred vision when he got on the bike... he took him self to the medical tent and ended his day in the office that way.
I know, this is a lot different than the usual reports, particularly because all of us were seasoned athletes.
Now there were some positive things that I want to point out.
- The folks from Team in Training raised about three-quarter of a million in the fight against blood cancer.
- I got to watch the reigning Ironman world champion Chris Mccormack cross the finish line afer doing the olympic distance (looking like he was out for a quick Sunday morning run)
- I got to meet Michellie Jones (and did not know until afterwards) an incredible Ironman champion, and as a typical pro triathlete personable, down to earth, and funny (all the pro triathletes I have met are like that)
- I met some new friends from Team in Training all of who are passionate about getting rid of blood cancers once and for all ... and who were all supportive in my time of of need (the story of my five flats went viral on the campground)
- I don't know why I brouught so many tubes + I got one donated.
Last but not last I want to say a few thank you's to my wife and my team mates (particularly Mark and Darryl) - and a few friends who I have exchanged text messages with over the weekend your support was much appreciated and a help to move on. In many ways this experience has a lot of similarities to being challenged by cancer. Challenge after challenge - and you don't go through this alone.
- thank you to my donors ... allowing people with blood cancers to be helped financially, and to help fund research for blood cancers.
- thank you to my honorees who were on my mind as I was challenged on the bike course not only with the hills and who has taught me so much about preserverence over the years.
I wish I could end this email with a picture of my medal. Not this time. However, blood cancers should not be too comfortable, becuase this soldier in the war against cancer is not done yet. Come tomorrow morning - I will be back in the gym - training - so I am ready for the next round againt cancer. In the words of a cancer warrior (Greg Dana) "just because it is difficult doesn't mean I shouldn't do it"
Just in case - here is a link to a course map and the elevation is embedded in the map, and if they could make the swim hilly as well - they would have done it. www.tricalifornia.com/index.cfm/Wild
Thanks for enduring my rambling and a big than you to all of you.
- three disciplines - one mission - one goal