Looking back at my life I am always in wonder how any of it makes any sense! I look at times when I was unable to even get myself out of bed, to times I was going under operations I was unaware if I would wake up from. I think to my self though as crappy most of those events in the past were. That I am still so truly blessed. It was because of the events in the past that allowed for the finish line to mean so much more! When I was told to prepare to become fully disabled or that I would need a lung transplant or that life as I knew it was coming slowly to an end. It fueled me to do the exact opposite! I took my life back! I decided to not allow my diagnosis define my greatness. I signed up to become an Ironman and "DID IT".
With two years in the making, hours and hours of training ( Like 40 hours a week) Money, lots of sweat equity and many painful recovery workouts. I took my crappy lungs of 30 percent and put them to the ultimate test. I remember starting out on this journey and questioning all my decisions, but remembering my why and the alternative of not being on this earth if I didn't keep moving forward. There was never a workout that was easy there was simply good days and bad, but every work out was totally worth it. It is said that less then .01 percent of the worlds population will ever become an Ironman so knowing that I have a disease that effects 30k people in the US and became an ironman which only 16k people complete in the US each year is pretty damn astonishing.
So why? Why did I put myself to the test of the hardest Triathlons in the world? well simple answer is Why NOT? I have not only made history but made myself extremely proud knowing my life on this planet has been extended because of my hard work and dedication. I wanted to shed light on Cystic Fibrosis and the amazing leaps we can take our bodies to if we just go for it! CF people are in my books the toughest people in the world and so I wanted to take my toughness to the toughest triathlon event. My Son now will know that his daddy is an IRONMAN for reals! So if you are looking to get your life back, if your tired of the diagnosis if you don't want to keep asking yourself the what if question. Then its time, get out there, strap on the shoes, go for a swim, lift the weights, eat intentionally. And know that I am always here to help and want to see others grow into their full potential as well.