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My road to the Ironman with Team CCFA

June 11th, 2014

First off, this is not MY charity. I am helping with fundraising for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America as a part of my training for the Ironman. With that aside, I have been interested in doing an Ironman for a number of years now and when I saw the Ironman coming to a nearby city I jumped at the opportunity to do it. Through the end of last year and the first of this year I have had to deal with the struggles of finding time and motivation but recently I have acquired both. I have been training hard for it for the past two months, five to six days a week one to two disciplines a day. Of the three disciplines, the bike would be my strongest, then the run and lastly the swim. I just finished a long 78 mile bike ride this past Sunday and have finally started to feel good on the swim. I had to teach myself how to swim by watching youtube videos and going to my pool to try the techniques. I couldn’t hold my breath under water without holding my nose so I had to start there. I then began to swim across the short end of my local pool which was at best 30 feet. Then winter came and being that it was a outdoor pool, my swim time was quickly going away. I am now back to a swimming at a gym that has a indoor lap pool and doing pretty good. I can swim 400-500 meters in about half an hour and my swim days are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. My bike training is Tuesdays and Thursdays I ride out from the house to make a local 30 mile group ride 40 miles. I ride with a group but try to stay out front as much as I can so I’m doing a lot of the work. On Sunday is my long solo ride. Usually 10-20 miles longer than my last rides. As for running right now I am not doing any. I am a little heavier then I would like to be so I am doing as much biking and swimming to lose weight so I don’t hurt my knees running. Each month I am losing between 10-12 pounds so I tink by July I will start running again. I have a facebook page when I post my progress and where you can go to donate to Team CCFA. ( https://www.facebook.com/IronmanCCFA ) and if anyone wants to go straight to my donation page to donate it is https://www.facebook.com/IronmanCCFA Thank you for the time to read my story and may God bless you along your Journey.

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