OK, as much as I’d like to say that I haven’t posted since September because I’m “too busy”, that’s unfortunately not the case. Granted, with the ending of race season, the ramping up of a 2nd shift at work and the holidays things have been pretty hectic, but I may or may not have forgotten for a few weeks
Needless to say, we’ve got some catching up to do! For starters, my last post was titled “summertime when the livin’s easy” which brings me to my first piece of news and current blog title. We had our first measurable snowfall today and should continue to get it over the next 5 days. Not a tremendous amount (yet), but it’s coming slowly which is FINE by a Florida boy like me. I must admit, I’m getting way better at this cold thing! Also, as previously mentioned we have offically ramped up production at Chicago Assembly for a 2nd production shift to make our 2011 Explorer. November 1st was “job 1″ as we call it and has been filling our production lines ever since. It’s great to see this whole thing unfold, but man has it made this place a zoo. It’s like doing your job but times 2 now. Better to be busy and gainfully employed than bored and broke right?!
As far as racing is concerned, I have some great news there as well. On 10-10-10 I finished a successful 2010 race campaign with the Chicago Marathon. I didn’t finish in my goal time, but for my 1st marathon I wasn’t too too disappointed. I managed a time of 3:54, but had a blast. I was lucky enough to run it with my Leadville running partner and home town friend from Lake Mary, FL. Within about a month of finishing I had already set my sights on 2011 and after penciling in 3 or 4 more races (including a 100k/62 mi race through Oregon on the Pacific Trail and a Relay Ultra across the state of Florida..) I quickly found myself setting sights on something bigger. The biggest actually. What most racers won’t ever attempt, but the few that do will have for the rest of their lives. The Ironman.
Yes, the Ironman. The real deal, the “big one”, the most coveted ultra event in sports and perhaps the biggest challenge of my life. 140.6 Miles of the best leg/heart pounding swimming, biking and running of my life. The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 (marathon) run ONE AFTER THE OTHER! Mind you my first Triathlon was the Chicago Tri which went well, but I was only ready because of my training for the Leadville 50. This is different. This course will eat you alive and break you down. What better opportunity to test myself ? And the kicker? I’m doing everything in my power to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. This year will be my best shot to gain the sought after spots to the big stage to compete against the absolute best. The professionals!
I have cancelled every single race in 2011 between Jan1-Sep 10 so I can race the Ironman Wisconsin in Madison, WI on Sept 11th, 2011. Between now and Sept 10th I’ll be a guy in training, but on Sept 12th, I’ll be an Ironman who may very well be going to Hawaii for the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. With that being said, I have decided to dedicate 9 months strictly to Ironman training. 4 am workouts 21 days at a time which is just the morning workout. Don’t forget about the afternoon. I’ll give up my weekends, my favorite snacks and any life I may have had, but for one worthy cause. An investment into my life, my health and an opportunity to satisfy my competitive spirit. Tough to say no when you think of it that way, right?
Anyway, I’m in my “offseason” until Dec 31st where I get to sleep in and skip a workout here and there. The last thing I want is to get burnt out before training starts. This is my time to overendulge at Thanksgiving/Christmas and it’s very very nice. We’ll see if I can tear myself away come Jan 1! This past weekend my girlfriend and I went home to Lake Mary to spend Thanksgiving with my family. What an awesome time. Not only was the weather nice, but we had so much fun just eating and sitting in the spa. Nice change of pace if you ask me CAN’T WAIT for Christmas vacation! I hope everybody had as wonderful and safe of a holiday as I did.
Before I go, I think it’s worth giving a quick shout out to the QU Men’s Lacrosse Team who is pre-season #9 in the country. Always feels good having the boys see the fruits of their labor and what a little hardwork can do for the future of the program. Nice job gentleman! While on the topic of Queens, I’d also like to say how excited I am to get back for Homecoming this year! I don’t manage to get back but once a year and it’s gonig to be nice seeing my business professors and friends again. Every time I go back, it still feels like home The weather is also way warmer which is a plus…
I must be getting back to work, but until next time please stay warm and have a very happy rest of the holiday season. GO ROYALS!