It has been over a decade since I met Minh in college. He is now a husband, father of two, and two time Ironman! Minh makes endurance sports look fun and stylish. Thank you ole buddy for sharing your inspiring story!
Why did I do IMTX?
The first year I did IMTX, I did it for myself. I wanted to overcome my fear of the water and finally learn how to swim after 34 years. I figured the only way to hold myself accountable and commit myself to achieve this goal was to sign up for a triathlon. My simple goal of completing a sprint triathlon turned into a journey to IMTX within weeks of announcing my registration for my first Sprint Triathlon. I have to blame and thank 8 friends for this accelerated plan, because without them none of this would have been possible.
The second year I did IMTX, I did it due to my repeat exposure to alcohol, Wholefoods cake, and positive energy. Motivated by our journey last year, a new batch of future ironman was born. These new recruits displayed such energy and drive that it got me fired up. But what really motivated me was the fact that my 4 siblings all committed to doing a half marathon together. Being able to motivate friends is a great feeling, but when you motivate your family…that feeling is priceless. I had taken a long break after last year’s IMTX and was trying to find a reason to continue with endurance sports but in the end it found me. I truly had no goals going into IMTX 2013, other than hanging out with these new recruits and being able to witness the grand finale of the campaign for IMTX 2013. Team I Am IM did not disappoint, there were dramatic finishes all around including a PR, team members finishing together, a marriage proposal, and even last minute cut off finishes by several team members.
What did I learn?
What I learned the first year, is that Ironman truly is an “anything is possible” journey. The body is the most incredible thing you will ever own in your life and combined with the mindset that you can do anything, if you put your mind to it…then anything is possible.
What I learned the second year, is that after a years of denial I finally learned that this is what I do and this is who I am. I have no other personal hobbies/interests and I am not good at anything, other than endurance sports and weight lifting. I have embraced the fact that I am an Ironman lifer. Although I do not enjoy any of the three disciplines, I do enjoy what comes with them. I enjoy the camaraderie, the support, the challenge, the emotions, the energy that is Ironman. Thus, I have committed myself to chasing the ultimate dream to compete in Ironman Kona. I am a 2 time Ironman, and I am Kona bound.