Ten years ago this week I completed my first Ironman, 2003 Ironman Canada. When I think back I find it hard to believe how much has happened in my life during that time. The first 5 years of the last decade was about learning how to deal with the physical and mental challenges of doing an Ironman. Little did I know at that time that training for an Ironman would be the easy part of the decade.
Training for my first IM back then was so different than it is today for first time IM athletes. There were a handful of people in my area back then who did this distance. There were no teams, no clinics, no group workouts in this area, and no network of athletes to share information with about Ironman training. Online I found a couple forums that I frequented but, for the most part, I was really on my own.
Ten years later I have four athletes racing at IMC, and a new athlete racing IMLOU this weekend. Having started with 3 of these IMC athletes as beginners, it's exciting and gratifying to know that all four have a good shot at the Kona slot they have been working so hard for all these years. I am ending this decade with the same passion and love for the sport that I had when I began. The difference now is that I'm helping other to believe in themselves and to go after their dreams.