Sunday, July 02, 2006

Men can cry

Well, I finished the longest training weekend of my life today. The details are not terribly important but suffice to say I just about did the entire Ironman race over the course of the past 2.5 days. Standard 3500 yard swim on Friday. 100 mile ride Saturday (with about 5,800 of vertical climbing total). 21 mile run on Sunday (8:30 sec/mile). It's hard to believe it is now time to taper.

As I arrived home from the run I couldn't wait to see my girls. After giving Rachel and Kate big hugs I became a little emotional. Then I hugged Jenny and it all came out. 27 weeks of dedication and devotion to this event. I admit, I cried a little bit. Not because I was in pain or injured. Rather, I was so thankful that my family let me dedicate so many hours to this endeavor. Their support has been unconditional. Jenny has never complained about me disappearing for hours on Saturday to ride my bike or the late evening swims that took away from our together time. Granted, she's ready for this thing to be over and done. This journey has been a team effort and today I felt as if the team took the field for its final practice before the big game. Thank you girls (all 3 of you).


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