Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Okay, on one particular day it was not the road less traveled. There were about 1000 other people lined up with me at the start line to undertake the JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon. On that particular day, it would be about following in the footsteps of the person in front of me.
After 3 years of entering the lottery for the NYC marathon and not being selected, 2014 was my year for automatic guaranteed entry. Unfortunately. I really did not want to run another marathon this year. But the marathon organizers announced early this year that this was the last year they were doing guaranteed entry for three non-selections in the lottery and there were no deferrals. So I essentially had to run the NYC marathon this year or go back to just taking chances in the lottery.
I think it is really important to take pause at the end of a season and look back on all that happened: good, bad or otherwise. 2014 was definitely a year of firsts for me - not your typical year of firsts, meaning not my first triathlon, or Ironman, or big win, but in some ways even more noteworthy firsts in my opinion…
I’m not going to keep you in suspense. I’m going to just tell you right up front: I’m going toKona, Hawaii for the 2015 Ironman World Championship next October. There, now that I’ve said that, I can tell you about the journey that it took to get there, including the race itself. So sit right back, grab a cup of coffee, tea, glass of wine, beer, mixed drink, or whatever you fancy and enjoy the tale of this fateful trip. It started on a tropic isle, aboard a tiny ship.