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.
Last year Adam and I made the trip and both raced -- I think he loved Augusta as much or maybe even more than I do. There wasn't much hesitation or discussion when registration opened for 2014 - we signed up and convinced some friends to join us for a fun and fast weekend.
Sometimes it’s fun to go back to a race to see how much you have improved since you were last there. I don’t necessarily mean going back every year, but maybe every couple of years, or every 5 years. Whatever. Just to see how much you have improved or hopefully how little aging has affected your ability to perform on the race course.