I remember Christmas day like it was yesterday. Keith told me he had registered for the Louisville Ironman. What?! “An Ironman, but you said you would never do one”, I exclaimed. His response, of course, was “well you said you would never do a marathon.” Point taken.
I spent the next couple of weeks planning his training, researching Ironman level endurance events, and making all kinds of graphs, spreadsheets, body fat and weight charts. I believe the first actual workout was January 7th. Here we, almost 8 months later, and there is only 1 day left. The big day!
The training is done and Keith is ready. He trained more diligently than i have ever seen, made sacrifices consistently for 8 months, got up before the sun almost every day of the week to work out, and never really complained. Of course there were days when he didn’t want to train. There were days that he certainly didn’t want to train twice in one day. He did it though. Is is because Keith is a better athlete than many of us? Although i do think he is 🙂 , no that’s not why he was able to do it. He was able to do it because he made a decision to do it, put his head down and went.
I remember the thing Keith was most intrigued by was whether or not he could be disciplined enough to get through 8 months of tough training. That would mean rarely going out….for 8 months!, really trying to clean up his nutrition, working out while on vacation, skipping things because a workout needed to take priority, getting up early during the week AND both days on the weekends. I knew he could be but he needed to prove it to himself.
It’s been a long and hard 8 months and it’s hard to believe it is all wrapping up tomorrow. We’ve been in Louisville for a couple of days and are surrounded by athletes. It’s an interesting thing to watch and vibe to feel. I’m fortunate to be married to the nicest and most humble one out here.
Keith, i couldn’t be more proud of you. Tomorrow is the cherry on top, the icing on the cake. You deserve to be here! The best of luck tomorrow. I love you. You are already my IRONMAN 🙂 xoxo