Playing catch up, as September approaches I need to go back to our second June trip.
June – Coeur d’Alene, ID Ironman 2013
My stepbrother John (aka “G”) , not to be confused with my other brother John, competed in his 7th? Ironman this summer in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Yes, SEVEN Ironmans…. Another nickname is ‘the beast’. He is just not human.
Even though he may be an extra terrestrial, I gotta give him credit for his race approach and attitude. The entire weekend, before, during and after the race, the guy had complete internal peace. No nerves, no regrets, no complaining and nearly no pain, the entire time. How is that possible?? Even more impressive he turned a weekend that could have been all about his HUGE personal accomplishment, which would have been well earned after months of training, but he turned it into a celebration of family.
Numerous times during the race, he disregarded the clock and figuratively and physically embraced his family. Twice during the bike ride, we saw him and he pulled off the course to casually say hello, chat briefly and give his kids and wife a big hug and tell everyone how much he appreciated that we all could be there to watch this event together. Not only was I impressed but nearly moved to tears with his family focused demeanor.
During the bike ride segment, just 112 miles, we created signs to cheer on G.
Following the “Boston Strong”, Will and I drew a “G Strong” sign.
I’m not sure what G’s finish time was but it didn’t really matter. He wasn’t there to chase the clock, he was there to fully enjoy the experience of race day with his family. Mission accomplished.