Endurance

The past 4 weeks since Wasatch have absolutely flown by as I’ve tried to cram in as many swim sessions with the Great Hills Aquatics Rush http://www.teamghar.com (thanks Jason and Samantha!) as possible, knocked out the final long rides (in the pouring rain), and even squeezed in tune-up sprint and quarter-distance tris out in Kerrville http://www.kerrvilletri.com .  The legs have come around nicely following my usual post-race massage, weekly physical therapy at Advanced Rehab http://www.atxrehab.com/ , ice baths, Recovery leg pumps, Drymax http://www.drymaxsocks.com/ leg containment sleeves (photo below), and of course Meredith’s great meal preparation!

Had no idea that this was going to be a “6-buckle” summer, check out the 2 awards from Kerrville:

So, during our Wasatch trip and the week after, I reread the book “Endurance” about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s attempt to cross the Antarctic in the early 1900s.  It’s an absolutely amazing story of perseverance and faith in the face of unquestionable long odds.  Which brings me to one of my favorite Bible verses, Romans 5:3-5: “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”  It’s that kind of outlook that has embraced me this summer during the Slam and I will bring to the Big Island next week.
Meredith had a super-successful 50-mile race of her own at the Bear Chase last weekend (2nd place) in Lakewood, Colorado, and she’ll be tackling the Mountain Masochist 54-miler again shortly after our return from Hawaii on her birthday.  Very excited that she’s getting to do some trail racing of her own.
This weekend entailed some light workouts, and of course packing.  Saturday’s race coverage can be found in a couple of places:  http://universalsports.com/triathlon/ and here  http://ironmanworldchampionship.com/  (I’m bib #1346).  Age group start time, 7am Hawaii time.
As always, thank you for reading and for ALL of your encouragement and support!

P.S. The final reward, Real Ale Devil’s Backbone Tripel Ale, will go in the fridge next week right before we leave!

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4 Responses to Endurance

  1. Ken Pipkin says:

    Save your legs for Bike & Run. Draft behind someone for the whole swim! Have fun!

  2. Clea says:

    Good luck and have a great time in Hawaii!

  3. Jana says:

    Piece of cake, Paul! A much shorter event than the four 100s you tackled so brilliantly and methodically. And this isn’t a new event for you. Although the way you ran the Slam, nobody would guess you’d never run that distance before… Can’t wait to read the post-event report. Enjoy Hawaii.

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