IRONMOM39's SparkPeople Blog IRONMOM39's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Attitude is EVERYTHING! - What I Learned From Ironman Part III One of the really cool parts of the Ironman for me was having Mike Reilly doing the announcing. Reilly has been the “Voice of Ironnman” for the past 25 years, announcing the World Championships in Kona every year as well as over one hundred other Ironman races. As one article on Reilly said “to some athletes, hearing Reilly say those four, iconic words is just about as important as making it to the finish line. When his voice booms “YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!” over that microphone, lifelong dream... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:58:09 EST There IS No Last Place! - What I Learned from Ironman - Part 2 There IS no Last Place! <BR> <BR> One of the things that I love most about Ironman is how everyone who finishes is celebrated. In fact, the very last finishers are the rockstars of the event. For the last hour before the midnight deadline, many of those who finished earlier in the day come back, wearing their medals and their compressions socks, to help cheer in the last few athletes. Rock music blares as the announcer whips the crowd into a frenzy – watching and waiting for the final fini... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:54:49 EST What I Learned from Ironman - Part 1 One Step At A Time.... <BR> <BR> I've had quite the journey over the last few years from the couch to finishing my first Ironman. Along the way I've learned alot about myself and about endurance training in general (as well as a whole lot of unpleasant things about saddle sores, chafing, various ways in which the body can give out on you...none of which I'll share here...:)) <BR> <BR> I was never athletic growing up - not at all. Never joined teams, never ran for pleasure, not much of a b... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:30:36 EST