My first attempt at completing an Ironman turned out to be one of the most humbling days of my life! Manny said it best when we finally got back to our rooms Sunday afternoon feeling very defeated, he looked over and said, Well Scottie, you are not an Ironman. Boy was he right. Never ever in my wildest dreams did I think I would not make it to the finish line. We have been training in the heat and humidity for over 2 months and as the weeks by went I felt myself getting stronger and stronger. Coming into T2 with a pounding head ache and struggling to stay on my feet, I thought, how could this be happeing? It wasn’t just hot on Sunday, it was oven hot, but we knew it was going to be hot, Doc kept telling us how hot it was going to be but I guess I was hearing him but not listening. I can’t blame my DNF on the day because many made it to the finish and I congratulate and look up to every single one of you on an incredible performance, especially our girls and Matt who showed so much more courage and heart than I did.
As I begin my journey back to the States I feel the fire to compete coming back even stronger. I wish there was an ironman I could do next weekend because I feel the need to prove the strength I know I have inside of me. My ironman finish line lies somewhere in the near future but I have ton of work to do before I make it back to the starting line again.
Thank you to my good friend Edward, who finished the Boston Marathon in 3:18 on Monday for a 3 minute P.B. I have been helping Edward with his preparation for his last 2 marathons and in return he helped me get to Haikou. You are a good friend Edward! I also want to thank Edward’s family for all their support on race day and for hosting a wonderful dinner for Joceline and I. Sorry I let you guys down by not getting to that finish line.
And special thanks to Bliss, Minsok, and Hanna for having Tereza and I stay at your beautiful home in Singapore during our overnight there. Thank you Hanna for our special cards and we hope to see you on the starting line next to us in a few years.
I am now looking forward to getting back to work, since I did not complete the entire marathon, my body is feeling quite good and I am finding myself getting very anxious to get home so the work can begin in earnest. My standing 8 count has begun and I am ready to come out fighting once again!!!