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When things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it,then you gotta get mean.  I mean plumb, mad-dog mean, ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win.  That’s the way it is.

The Outlaw Josie Wales-

 

WELCOME TO MY BLOG


I had known for a long time before this January that something was seriously wrong with my body.  On January 31,2012, at 44 years of age, I was finally diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, or CLL.  CLL is an incurable form of Leukemia.  The average age at diagnosis of this dissease in the US is 70.  This is the story of my path to the Ironman World Championship on October 13th 2012, my diagnosis of cancer, and random reflections on life.


PURPOSE

 

Every triathlete in the world dreams of competing in Kona Ironman Hawaii.  Thanks to TYR Sport, their VP of Sales, Ryan Dolan, and some of the best friends in the world, I get to live the dream.   My experience has made me recognize that Cancer comes in all shapes and sizes.  I hope my experience, will help a random person or two re-think their pre-conceptions of what it means to have Cancer.  And, what Cancer patients are capable of.    


MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE IRONMAN


I love the Hawaii Ironman.  I always have.  The details are fuzzy, but I remember being glued to the TV the first time I saw the highlights of the Ironman on ABC’s wide world of sports.  Later, I remember the epic battles of Dave Scott and Mark Allen.    In 2007, the year of my first IM, I was able to arrange a work trip around the Ironman World Championship, and watched MACCA and Chrissie Wellington crossing the finish line in person.   Even though I didn’t know them, and they still have no idea who I am, watching MACCA and Chrissie cross the finish line was seriously emotional for me. 

 

This is me (the big one) and Juanito Blanco (right) after our first IM finish!  Seriously Happy!  Didn't know it at the time, but Juanito's wife was having contractions about right then. Fortunately for everybody, Juanito made it home before she delivered.