September 1, 2002

After 7 days of post Ironman 'maintenance' training at our cabin in Whitefish which consisted mostly of Okanagan winery tours (tasting definitely included), sleeping in and eating Oreo cookies, I am starting to plan my next step as far as my Ironman aspirations go, and in so doing, I'm also contemplating my next adventure for the web site.

I was very pleased with my race in Penticton, and my progress since Ironman Florida in Nov and my attempt at a botched Ironman Utah in June. I'm afraid that the Ironman bug has bitten hard. VERY HARD. The atmosphere amongst the athletes in Penticton was absolutely contagious and totally intoxicating!

I WANT TO GO FASTER! I want to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

There. I said it. I believe that if you have the guts to SAY something - to make a public proclamation, then it will come true. And I say that with HUMILITY because I know how difficult a challenge I am undertaking. I am NOT especially gifted genetically - just an average guy who has to work really hard at achieving these sorts of lofty athletic goals. But that's what life is for right?

I have a TON of work to do, and much progress to make between here and Kona. Every Ironman North America event awards a limited number of Kona 'slots' to the top performers in each age group. My age group (40 to 44) at Ironman Canada had 11 slots available which meant that the top 11 finishers in my age group won the chance to compete at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. According to the last qualifier's finish time from this Ironman Canada (including roll-downs), I would need to put in a time of less than 10 hours, 20 minutes - an hour and 10 minutes FASTER than I finished IMC in.

This may take a few years, and the road is going to be tough, exhilarating, draining, fulfilling, exhausting, and invigorating. All the stuff I love! I'll keep you posted of my training progress, and any key races I'm preparing for. Helen and I have Melissa's half marathon in September, and the Victoria Marathon in October. My next full Ironman distance race, and first attempt at qualifying for Kona will probably be the inaugural Ironman USA Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on June 28, 2003 .Ironman Utah was converted to a permanent half distance Ironman and Coeur d'Alene was chosen as the western North American full distance Ironman replacement for Utah.

But for now, it's time for a NEW ADVENTURE! An adventure of a 'different' nature. A seemingly impossible challenge delving into the mysteries of....

stay tuned!