There is no doubt competing in an Ironman can be self serving. The months of dedication and commitment to training doesn't exactly make it an instant gratification kind of thing, but the structure you have to commit to with the goal of training up your body to complete this event can take it's toll on your family, job and social life if you're not careful. For me justification comes by making my Ironman about something bigger than just me. For 2012 that something is raising money for the Alzheimer's Association and dedicating this Ironman to my uncle Ron Clarke and others who suffer from this disease. And to all of the family and caregivers who need support, strength and patience assisting loved ones.
|Uncle Ron. Christmas 2010|
After Ironman Arizona I had no doubt that I would do another Ironman some day. It was easily one of the greatest experiences of my life. I just didn't plan for it to be in 2012. When WTC announced they would hold an inaugural Ironman U.S. Championship in New York City I had thoughts that it would be an amazing experience to race in New York but doing an Ironman in 2012 was just not something my wife and I planned on in 2012. A few months later I received an e-mail that the Ironman organization (WTC) was partnering with several charities and non profits for the Ironman U.S. Championship. One of the organizations was the Alzheimer's Association. I immediately thought of my uncle and how I could race for him. The Alzheimer's Association required that I submit an application to them telling them why I should be selected to race on their team, my experience in fundraising and my race resume. If selected I would be given an entry in to the race, coaching and clothing. I really didn't think I had a chance of being selected. Three weeks later I received an e-mail. I was sitting in Starbucks with my wife Liz..."Oh no...Ohh my gosh" What's wrong? she asked. I read the e-mail to her. "Congratulations, you've been selected to participate in the Ironman U.S. Championship with Athletes to End Alzheimer's team"
My requirement for being on the team is to raise $5,000.00 in support of the Alzheimer's Association. I know raising $5,000.00 seems like a daunting task but I'm trusting in God and feel led by Him to begin this new journey.
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