Tuesday, September 24, 2013
An excerpt from The Competitor in Me
The moment I had imagined for the last two years was now reality. There was so much joy and pride in my Ironman moment. All of the obstacles, being too sick to race in 2006, the drama, the injuries, the cup bags tied around my leg…none of it mattered now. I conquered my doubt demons which meant that I conquered myself for two years plus 140.6 miles. The glory was mine for a shining moment.
Running over the finish line, I pointed both hands to the camera and said “you.” Of course no one heard my wishes for Kathy but that didn’t matter. She was in my heart and in this finish moment forever. In case you’re wondering, I didn’t cry. Though happiness was the emotion of the moment, there was so much exhilaration mixed into the experience. Besides, stopping felt so good, I couldn’t cry.