It was November of 2006.
I was on my bike and flying
25 miles in well under an hour
50 miles in well under 2 hours
Swim had been good
Run was acceptable
In the end I was 85th in the world.
85th place at the Half Ironman World Championships.
If I had only known
That was 4 years ago
If I had only known that…
Within months I’d be changing diapers and feeding babies that were not my own in the middle of the night
I would not do another triathlon for 2 ½ years
I’d lose my business and my house
I’d face bankruptcy
I’d break my leg
I’d become a YMCA Wellness Director for 2 years then one day be asked not to come back to work
I’d be banned from the YMCA
I’d fight back from a broken leg to get back to make it to the starting line of the Duathlon World Championships then crash going 30 MPH
If I had only know that I’d become an Ironman but miss out on completing in the most prestigious triathlon on the world because of a hurt neck
If I had only known that I’d end up penniless in a tiny apartment, divorced and alone.
Would I have changed a thing?
Because I am happy and in the end that is all that matters.
If I had changed one single thing I may have never met her…