Oh Canada Revisited.

I’ve been quiet lately because I’ve been out of town.  I went to Ironman Canada in beautiful Penticton, British Columbia.  I did this race last year.  This year, I went as a sherpa and a volunteer and had a wonderful week.

I am a bit of a junkie when it comes to heartfelt sporting events.  I know most sporting events are about heart, but Ironman is and will always be particularly special to me.  The event – swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles – is unthinkable on the one hand and utterly doable on the other…if you have enough heart.

Though I was not racing, this trip fed the Ironman addict in me.  A number of things made it wonderful.

  1. The athlete I went to support had an amazing race, finishing in 13 hours and 33 minutes.  It was her first Ironman.  She spent months training diligently for this event. I wanted the experience to be perfect for her, and it was.
  2. The winner of the 2011 Subaru Ironman was a guy who about a year and half ago was hit by a car while cycling and left for dead.  A passerby stopped to help him, apparently minutes before he bled out, and now he is back.  Really back.  You can read his speech from the closing banquet here.
  3. That winner articulated something utterly beautiful during his speech.  He said, “No one in this room has a burning desire to be typical.” I could not agree more.  That’s part of what makes Ironman so special.
  4. I got to see Sister Madonna Buder race at age 81.  She just barely missed the bike cutoff – just barely – and that hurt my heart for her.  But still, she swam 2.4 miles and biked 112 miles at age 81.  That’s unbelievable!
  5. Did I mention that my athlete had an amazing race?  I was and am so incredibly excited for her.  She surprised herself.  And that is, in my opinion, what Ironman is all about.  
Congratulations, Erin.  You are an Ironman.  

6 thoughts on “Oh Canada Revisited.

  1. How wonderful Taline! An Ironman is on my bucket list, but lots to do before checking that one off. Thanks for sharing these inspiring stories. Given that the Sister was 81, that means I have a 26 year cushion … at least! Hope you are well and surviving the heat!

  2. Thank you for the support all weekend (and encouraging me through my training this past spring/summer) and this excellent blog write-up! You are the best.

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