With 6 days left before IRONMAN Ecuador, it is time to dedicate my race. Like a triathlon that is divided into 3 distinct sports- swim, bike and run – so is my dedication which allows me to stay focused and alert during each phase of the race.
Nicholas Owens will be my focus and on my mind during the swim. His incredible positive attitude and contagious smile will help me to stay positive and not be scared as a tackle the water and waves. Nicholas tackles all his challenges by maintaining a positive outlook. He is an incredible friend whom I care for deeply.
No matter how hard the bike becomes as I climb the hills surrounding Manta, I have to keep going. As such, the bike portion of my race my focus will be on Matt Reinhardt and all the firefighters battling the many fires in our beloved mountains. The firefighters work 16 hours a day, in blistering heat trying to maintain the flames and save the forest, homes and wildlife. No matter how hard the bike portion is, it won’t come close to what they are battling!
For the run, I will be dedicating each mile to patients at Craig Hospital. Craig Hospital treats spinal and brain injuries and has been a part of my life for over 30 years. Craig Hospital is about pacing yourself and taking on each challenge one step at a time.
Finally, my transitions will be dedicated to my incredible husband and our 5 kids. I have no idea how we do it at times but we always manage to get the tasks done and spend quality time together. My transitions will be about quality time – get in and get out quickly!