The essential challenge in life is to improve. There's not one of us who can't improve on what we've done already.
I tackled my first Ironman in 2016. I finished it (and all in one piece!). And then I wondered if I could do it better.
This next Ironman will be my chance to see if I can do it better. An Ironman is not an idle commitment: it demands months of daily training, continuous monitoring of nutrition and sleep, meticulous race planning for 3 disciplines in conditions that could vary significantly. And that's just to finish! Fortunately I like planning, and if I can stay healthy and focused for the next several months of training, I believe I can improve on my 13:20 finishing time. (If you do Facebook, you can follow my journey here.)
For my first Ironman I also participated with the Ironman Foundation team. Triathlon training takes me away from family and friends for many hours every week, and I liked the idea of raising money that would go to public agencies and nonprofit organizations in the communities that support Ironman events. I felt slightly less selfish. I raised nearly $9,000 to help first responders, youth sports, and nutrition programs in the Madison, Wisconsin, area, and the support and excitement from other members of Team IMF before, during and after the race made my first Ironman experience one that rewarded me in a myriad of different ways.
And now I wonder if I can do better there as well. So once again I'll participate with Team IMF, this time raising funds for public agencies and nonprofit organizations in and around Louisville, Kentucky. If you are so inclined, you can contribute to my cause (all donations are completely tax-deductible). Whether or not you decide to contribute though, I very much appreciate your encouragement as I strive to make this next destination on my fitness journey the best yet!
All money raised through the TEAM IMF program will benefit The IRONMAN Foundation, and specifically - the Community Fund Program. This program benefits those in the communities where IRONMAN events are held, by providing charitable support to a variety of local non-profit organizations that recognize citizens in need and provide support to the local community. Within those communities, The IRONMAN Foundation will provide grant funding opportunities to non-profit organizations, while also working with community leaders to identify projects that will benefit the community and provide funding to support those initiatives. The IRONMAN Foundation has provided funding opportunities of over $34 million dollars to numerous non-profit beneficiaries worldwide.