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My Morning Motivation

Filed under: General — JD @ 6:33 pm

[guest post by JD]

In a few short days, I will set out to finish my first, and likely last, full IronMan – 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile marathon. Training has consumed a ridiculous amount of time, up to 24 hours in my peak weeks. This has been a fairly mild summer, so I fully expect it to be blast furnace hot on race day.

Getting to this point has required A LOT of sacrifice on my part, as well as my Better Half, my little angels, etc… I am very fortunate.

Every morning around 4:30, I watch this video, to try to get my head right.

Wish me luck, death, massive carnage, whatever the case may be …


29 Responses to “My Morning Motivation”

  1. Sometime before midnight on Sunday, I hope to hear these words,”JD, you are an Ironman”

    JD (60ba00)

  2. Sometime on Monday, I hope to read I hope to read a new message from you.

    There is zero disgrace in a retreat that you may run another day. Godspeed.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  3. Good luck! Is it Hawaii?

    EPWJ (db4127)

  4. I’m pulling for you, JD, all the way!

    felipe (40f0f0)

  5. Lots of luck, JD.

    nk (dbc370)

  6. Prayers thay you will do just fine.. oh, and blessings upon health and strength

    steveg (794291)

  7. Can’t imagine the stretch, the pain, the stress, the fortitude or the dedication it takes to do all that you do. I’m absolutely in awe. Many good wishes for a successful Ironman experience, JD. Somehow, I know your brother is going to be right there beside you the whole way.

    elissa (178460)

  8. Best of luck, JD.
    Stay hydrated.

    mg (31009b)

  9. The link doesn’t work for me,
    but God’s blessing on you.

    Does it make sense to say “Enjoy yourself”?

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  10. Tomorrow, August 19, 2014, is the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Augustus Caesar (Octavian) who renamed the month of August after himself. (July had already been renamed for Julius caesar)

    Sammy Finkelman (3ba0b7)

  11. This coming Sunday, August 24, 2014, is the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington, d.C.

    Sammy Finkelman (3ba0b7)

  12. I wish you great luck. I’m a cyclist, and my personal best is about 65-70 miles in a day, on the flats. This regimen looks brutal.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  13. JD, just the fact that you are trained enough to even participate in an Iron Man is impressives and evidences you are made of iron, both in will and strength. Best of luck. I look forward to hearing a full report.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  14. That you’re trained and ready is most of the battle. Best wishes.

    htom (412a17)

  15. JD you are not right in the head, but I want a picture of you in your Ironman kilt and speedo. Best of luck!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  16. Best wishes, friend. I admire you. Regards to your family.

    Simon Jester (be3b59)

  17. You’ll rock it. JD, thanks for the inspiration!

    Dustin (7f67e8)

  18. Good luck JD. A full Ironman. That’s impressive.

    Here 2 videos I like for inspiration:

    Gil (27c98f)

  19. Luck is wishful thinking for the unprepared.

    Go get em tiger.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  20. Give ’em hell, JD.

    JVW (638245)

  21. It’s hard to over-prepare for that bike ride. A little wind, 20 lbs. down on the rear tire,…

    Chow a couple nectarines and bananas at the start. Remember the petroleum jelly. Good luck.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  22. Did anyone else have trouble with the link? Did you find a work around?
    I get something about security and needing to open in a new window, but that doesn’t work.
    Using IE and Win7.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  23. I don’t understand men. But they are wonderful.

    SarahW (267b14)

  24. God Bless JD, and may you outrun that guy on your heels.

    SarahW (267b14)

  25. That’s so awesome, JD. An anecdote that might make you smile.

    I was interviewing for a job, and the topic of marathoning came up. I told my new boss that my best marathon was Chicago, at 3:47. He said – “wow, that’s pretty good. my best marathon was 4:12. of course, I had just swam and biked for a few hours beforehand.” It took me a while to figure it out. He brought his bike on business trips, and while we corporate slobs golfed, he rode 70 miles.

    Good look, brother!

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  26. Good Luck…is this the Tahoe Iron man??
    If so, a bro of mine is competing in that one.

    Sacramento (f51089)

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  28. WTF? Your other piece of spam was six months old, but at least it was coherent, and interesting. This one is just gibberish.

    Milhouse (9d71c3)

  29. JD
    How did it go for you?

    steveg (794291)

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