Eight weeks ago my beautiful wife, Laura, gave birth to our first child. Simply stated, Lucas James is awesome! I think we've been very lucky so far because he's a very good sleeper and eater. I've talked to a lot of parents about the tremendous responsibility it is having a new born. We've started to experience that responsibility, but I think keeping the disciplined schedule that a triathlete keeps has helped me fulfill those responsibilities. Sure it means many more 4:30 a.m. alarms so that I can get a workout in, but it's well worth it results in a few hours to spend with Laura and Luke. Actually, the 4:30 a.m. alarms kind of blend right in with the middle-of-the-night alarms Luke sounds off for us.
(On vacation in Hilton Head, SC. I have a lantern for a hat.)
Last week I raced Eagleman 70.3 (half-ironman distance is a 1.2 mi. swim, 56 mi. bike ride, and 13.1 mi. run) for the second year in a row. It was a good day overall since I improved my time by 24 minutes from the previous year. However, I fell short of my lofty goal of 4 hrs 50 min with a final finishing time of 5:02:15
The reason I bring this up in my first blog posting is because at dinner the night before the race my dad asked the question that I think every triathlete ponders. Why do you do triathlon? I started my response with the caveat that there was no quick and simple answer. It's more of a conversation that can lead down many paths, and if he wasn't truly interested in the conversation (like most people that ask the question and quickly lose interest in your response) I would understand. Being the caring curious father that he is, he said he was truly interested. So we proceeded to have a conversation that my mom and Laura's parents participated in as well. Now, if you thought I was going to answer the question here on my first posting, you're going to be disappointed. I've already taken up too much of your time so I'll just give you a sneek preview. The reasons why I do triathlon have elements of spirituality, soul, competition, accomplishment, health, and ego just to name a few. If you choose to become a consistent reader of my blog, which means I'll need to become a consistent writer, I hope that my postings will provide a good sense of the motivation I have to do triathlon.