Here’s my effort to briefly describe the fun and painful moments of enduring 70.3 miles. So far all have given $6,752, providing life-saving clean water for 135 kids in Africa!
Leading up to Ironman Arizona 70.3 next month — a fundraiser to provide WATER for 100+ kids in Africa! [GIVE] — I sought out at least one triathlon this Summer. Lo and behold, there’s a sprint distance at the Best in the West, held at a favorite lake. And a half-iron-distance (aka, 70.3 or long-course). How about we try it?
After swimming a mile, and cycling 31.1 miles, it was time to run 6.2 miles to complete 38.3 total in the Loneliman. Three lonely hours for water are worth it! #TeamWorldVision
First off, the Loneliman 38.3 wasn’t so lonely! It began as an idea to celebrate 38 years, take the place of a cancelled local triathlon race in training effort, and especially incite a cause for celebration: CLEAN WATER! While solo wearing bib #1 for the “race,” the whole family was a solid support crew, the… Continue Reading
Here’s my recap with stories about what transpired as I perspired.
Let’s start in the water, swimming a mile.
The need for clean water is greatest among kids, and here I was swimming in clean-ish water — safe to drink while I swam, if needed — while my kids played make-believe on the shores of the Cove. Amazing to meditate on this truth, especially when gasping for air a bit during a mile swim.
Racing 38.3 miles for my 38th birthday. In lieu of presents, GIVE WATER!
Before the real race day there are a few special training days and races. My favorite triathlon — the Clackamas Cove Triathlon right here in Oregon City — has been canceled for this year, originally scheduled for Father’s Day. Seems like a good weekend to put in a good effort.
So, on Saturday, June 18th I’ll race against myself in a Loneliman 38.3. As as the name suggests, I’ll be swimming, biking and running alone, and the day before I turn 38 (thus 38-point-3 miles). It will be three solid hours of endurance…