|My Dad several days before becoming an Angel
|My wife winning the 1st of 2 battles
|Man & Woman of the Year top fundraisers
There is no need to relive the entire day. I was in pain. I hoped I would heal quickly. I managed to only miss one week of coaching the 2014 Fall Westside Marathon team although I probably should have missed more. At one point I thought all that was lost was my bike………an amazing bike at that. I had a Specialized Shiv that was relegated to a trash dumpster. Time would prove that the bike was not the only one to suffer long term damage. I would spend hours and hours in physical therapy for my injuries. In time, my right knee would give in tied to the impact from the accident and I would have surgery.
|Pre-surgery note to the surgeon
|That is my tendon. You can see the tear.
|2 weeks post surgery. 2 hours pre blood clot drama
“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.”
Frank A. Clark
Kona would be full of obstacles. My goal would be to raise $130,000 as it would be a personal fundraising record for me. That is quite a significant amount of money and I will need an army of support to be successful. Will people help me yet again? I honestly do not know the answer but I must remain hopeful. Will I be healthy enough to finish 140.6 miles? I honestly do not know the answer to this question either. I am damn certain I will have setbacks. I am certain I will have to overcome injuries and I am certain there will be many times that $130,000 seems out of reach. If I get past these obstacles, there is the heat. I am old which means I know my body well and it does not respond well to heat. My heart rate is unbelievably higher in heat than the moderate temperatures of SoCal so I will have to train differently and race accordingly which means slow down. My first Ironman finish was in 100+ heat. I barely survived that day and barely crossed the finish line in time. For now, I can only hope I get the opportunity to face these fears. If I do, I will give it everything I have to be successful and I can only pray that you guys will stand by my side yet again. Either way, thank you to everyone that has been a part of my journey. I would have accomplished literally nothing without people stepping up time and time again to join me in battle.