It Takes a Village to Raise An Ironman

>> Monday, September 24, 2007

This won’t be an exciting post, but I need to give credit to those who helped me not only break the tape just over 2 weeks ago, but also those who helped get me to the starting line. Then I’ll stop talking about Ironman and move on with my life. I promise.

Matt, Steph, and Jon, our cheering crew
It was GREAT having you 3 out there. The vast majority of the photos of Pharmie and I from Ironman were taken by Matt - he clicked photo after photo! They made signs and cheered like mad-men at the sight of us. Steph offered to buy me food after I finished. Jon offered to give me a piggy-back ride back to the hotel room. I will always be grateful.

Matt, Pharmie, and Steph

Jon and I waiting for Pharmie at the finish

Kara and Margi, my 2 physical therapists, from Tria
I couldn’t have done this without them. Or the 3 dozen leg and ass strengthening exercises they gave me.

All of you, my fellow bloggers
I’m not addicted to comments. Really, I’m not. But by knowing that there are people out there willing to offer advice, console a beat up runner, and prod a fella to keep on going really helps. To see that I had 4 times the normal number of hits on my site the day after Ironman makes me know that there are people out there cheering for me, and to all of you, I say “thank you.”

All the volunteers at IM WI
SIMPLY AMAZING. Great people. They all deserve a straight path to unimaginable bliss. If I can help by paving that path, just let me know. Nothing expensive. Or sexual.

XT4 and Robby B.
I could thank ALL KINDS of bloggers specifically, but these 2 donated to my IM Community Fund. I missed IM sign up last year because I had to get back to St. Paul to teach, and I couldn’t sign up online for the same reason. After class, registration was closed. So I signed up through the Community Fund, which meant I donated an extra large chunk of money to support athletics in Madison. XT4 and Robby helped me defer some of that cost. They were also both extraordinary volunteers this year at IM WI. Thanks fellas.

The 6 names on my shoes
Before Ironman, I knew that I might need outside help to get through the run. I wrote 6 names of people that would help carry me through. Phil, my Grandpa who died when I was 12, was on my shoes. So was Aggie, Pharmie’s Grandma who past away before we got married. I never got to know Phil or Aggie that well, and I know they were both amazing people. Kara and Margi, my above-mentioned P.T.s, were on my shoes. So was Wil, fellow blogger and wonderful human being. I don’t think she knew that I wrote her name, even though we were competing in IM WI side-by-side. And last, but most definitely not least, Pharmie’s real name, Sarah, was written on my shoes. These people helped me get through those last 4 hours and 58 minutes.

My amazing wife, Pharmie
During the heart of training, I kept telling her “I blame YOU for this!” It was all in jest. I LOVED the fact that she got me into all of this. She’s the best person I could ever share my life with. She puts up with my craziness, even if she’s not always happy about what I post (if it were up to her, I would have never posted my previous post, so don’t look at it). And, for the record, she’s not happy with the quick regrowth of my body hair. I think her long-term plan from 3 years ago was to get me started with triathlons so that I would decide to shave my body at some point. She would like me to be hair-free forever. She’s the best. I love her so much. Even if she does love me more with less body hair. When I flex in front of the mirror, even though it’s only been 2 weeks since my final shave, I now look like this:

She has to put up with this every day

Thank you, everyone.


Tracy 8:36 PM, September 24, 2007  

HOW did I possibly get one of the coveted six spots on your shoes!!? OMG wow -oh wait, were you talking about me? Or was there another blogger Wil out there running IMWI? Wil Wheaton has a blog I'm pretty sure, you know the Star Trek kid? I don't read it or anything I've just heard and stuff, and I don't know if he did IMWI, or even if he's a triathlete. Oh but you said SHE, so it can't be him right!! Sweet!!!!! Yay it's me! It's me!!


You are some amazing people Chewbacca, and I'm so honored you're my friend.

Unknown 9:46 PM, September 24, 2007  

I think we are all comment whores on some level - it validates and motivates us - nothing wrong with that!
We saw a REALLY.HAIRY.GUY at Walmart the other day buying razors and I thought of you...... best giggle I've had in a while, but he didn't appreciate the joke much!

Theoutofshapeguy 9:56 PM, September 24, 2007  

Congrats on the ironman finish. That is awesome. I signed up for the louisville ironman and have been looking around for a good training plan. Do you have any suggestions?

Congrats once again.

Unknown 11:37 PM, September 24, 2007  

It's so cool that you had names on your shoes.

And cheers for Pharmie for putting up with Chewbacca ;)

p.s. my husband and son are both pretty much body-hairless and I bet they are envious of your Chewbacca-ness. We all want what we don't have, eh?

xt4 9:06 AM, September 25, 2007  

Great post dude, and I like the names on the shoes idea, I think that's one I'll put in my back pocket. And I think I speak for the Whole of Blogland when I say what you and Pharmie did together (speaking Ironman now, not your post before this one) was pretty awesome. Though I'm sure...ah nevermind.

bigmike600 9:46 AM, September 25, 2007  

Dude I'm going to get fired for reading your blog at work. I can never read it without laughing out loud. Freakin Chewbacca. I love it.

greyhound 11:58 AM, September 25, 2007  

Well, at least Pharmie can count on you for a laugh every day, and that goes a long long way to keeping love alive.

brendaj 11:58 PM, September 25, 2007  

I think what you wrote about your wife more than makes up for your previous post. And btw, my husband and I had a chat about his hairyness level when we started dating 11 years ago. I rated him a 7 on a scale of 1-10, but I may have been being polite since it was early on in the relationship...

Allez 8:10 AM, September 26, 2007  

You and Pharmie are the cutest IM couple ever!

John 9:41 AM, September 26, 2007  

Steve, Your journey has been both entertaining and inspirational... Thank You...IRONMAN!

Triteacher 6:14 PM, September 26, 2007  

Way, way cool idea with the shoe names.

Lance Notstrong 2:26 PM, September 28, 2007  

Glad I could help Steve. I knew the thought of me eating chocolate chip cookies and drinking appletinis on race day would get you though :-)

RunBubbaRun 8:38 AM, September 29, 2007  

Yes, it does take alot to make us an IronMan, more than just the training..

Okay, the "chewy" picture and your last "lift off" post, now there is an Image...

I hope you bronze your shoes?

Tri-Dummy 8:57 PM, September 29, 2007  

You're a good man...great race...awesome perspective.

Michelle 9:20 AM, October 01, 2007  

You are just a spongy bowl of Jello underneath it all. What a great guy.

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