Here is the scene of one of my typical days twenty years ago: It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and I’m sitting in my office in downtown Los Angeles. I look out the window at the beautiful spring day and realize that this is the first time all day I’ve stopped to look outside. I’ve barely been out of the office for the last several days, and I likely won’t for several more, as I’m about to scramble to LAX to catch a plane for Boston. Once again I have that same pounding headache that seems to have become an afternoon fixture.
Something about this scene had to change, and change it did!
I didn’t just put down my briefcase immediately to do my first Ironman. It was a journey that started with baby steps. And with the first day of this morphing into a new me, I lost the headache, so I knew I was onto something good.
One step at a time can lead you to wonderful places – sometimes to a place you had no idea you could reach. As a first step, I encourage you to turn on your television to NBC this Saturday afternoon, December 18th, from 4 to 6 PM EDT.
The show I want you to watch is the Ironman World Championships that were held in October on the Big Island of Hawaii. Although racers took between 8 and 17 hours to do the event, the show tells the story in two action-packed hours. You’ll witness, up close and personal, the struggles of athletes battling the hot, windy conditions and their competitors to get to the finish line, 140.6 miles from the start.
Although the show will focus on the young professionals (those who get paid to suffer), the real story, in my opinion, is the 1500 amateur athletes (18 – 80 years of age) who race the same course and conditions while battling with their competition, not for the money, but for the love of the game. I was one of those racers and on that day in October I notched my 23rd Ironman finish and tenth Ironman World Championship age-group title.
Watch the Ironman show on Saturday and we’ll talk afterwards.