I had only been running for about 8 months, I had done one Sprint triathlon, then watched Ironman Louisville.  I registered for Ironman Wisconsin two weeks later.

Now, I am back to where it all began.


I remember the first time I looked from this angle.  Jim pointed to the Island just beyond the white bridge pillar and I just thought that sounded ludicrous.

“You swim out and around that island, then back to here,” he said with first hand experience.

I love moments like that because it truly seemed impossible to me.  I was so excited to see people do it in front of my eyes.

Today, I walked up to the same place as bib number 379 and stared into the distance again.  It’s funny how much difference a couple years make.

It still seems far, but I could feel my blood boiling inside.  It was all I could do to stop from jumping in just to feel the water on my skin.

I also remember the first time I saw this bike transition full.  It’s the kind of site that drops your jaw.

imageToday it was eerily silent.  Patiently waiting for frantic activity the next two days.

And there was this.  That strange, indecipherable gear-bag area to those who don’t understand.  It was a tad muddy, but I’m certain it will dry out by Sunday.

photo 1And yes, I am checked in.  Thursday is totally the way to go.  It took about 5 minutes to get my chip, which they tell me I will need at the practice swim on Saturday.

photo 2So now it is time to rest.  I’m pumped to see everyone tomorrow.  Please say hi if you recognize me.




I Have Arrived In Louisville #IMLOU



4 thoughts on “I Have Arrived In Louisville #IMLOU

  • August 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Have a great race Mike!! I’ll be cheering from the midwest 🙂

    • December 9, 2014 at 1:33 am

      Kecia! Thanks for this comment and cheering from the midwest! I lost a ton of these comments so I’m just catching up… Hope you’re great!

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