Shortly after I woke up, Mark finished the swim with a time of 2:13:42. Since I am not avid IM fan, I'm clueless if that is good or not, just finishing in the time limit is amazing to me. Yes, there is a time limit to each segment and the entire race. Race starts at 7 am and finishes at midnight. You don't finish the segment in a certain amount of time your are DQ'd, and even at midnight if you can see the finish line, your done. Mark started the 112 mile bike with a slower pace then he wanted. He ended up having issues with the bike (back brake was stuck on) and at the 50 mile mark had to pull out of the race. Something like 14% of the 3000 or so who started the race DNF.
Was a shame since I was watching the live feed and ready to post a screen shot of him crossing the line. Mark has shown me that what I thought was impossible is possible. He is older then me, he is bigger then me, and he can smoke me in the water, running, and on the bike. Watching the last 2 hours really changed my mind on what I want to do. People off all ages and backgrounds, running, sprinting, and even passing out as they crossed the line. As someone who is extremely competitive and comes from an athletic background, I know what it's like to win and lose (those who know me know I know that way to well lol). I know what it's like to achieve a goal that you didn't think you could do. I would love to sit here and say IMLOU 2013 here I come! I just don't think it's financially possible at this point (over $600 to enter plus all the gear etc). What is possible, doing a half marathon in the spring or a sprint triathlon. What is possible is doing a marathon in the fall or even possibly a olympic triathlon. The one thing this Fat to 5K journey as taught me, anything is possible if you want it enough.
Click HERE for the Ironman Louisville 2012 Full Circle video that Mark is in.
My most recent win, and what a great feeling it was...
Note: I'm not on the roof, I'm back by the spoiler.