As you may remember, I’ve run three marathons for the American Cancer Society DetermiNation team. This year – I’m doing something similar – only longer and more painful than the past! On September 8th, I’m attempting Ironman Wisconsin – that’s a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run, all of which must be completed in less than 17 hours.
You can support my efforts by visiting my web site at www.andylohn.com and making a donation of whatever amount you can (Here’s a direct link to the donation page). Your donation will help the American Cancer Society save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
Any donation $100 or more from the Twin Cities “semi”-metro area will get a thank you bottle of “Ironman Wine” bike delivered from me. There are some rules around this one (see this page for specifics). Thanks to Andy G for coming up with the idea and providing the IronMan Wine.
This year’s goals are ambitious, but as Lt. Col Mark Weber suggests, I am going to work like mad to achieve them and if we don’t make it, it’s not from lack of trying.
This last weekend we went down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to run the Myrtle Beach Marathon – this was going to be Erika’s first full marathon. Due to about 3″ of snow, the official organized marathon was cancelled. We we weren’t going to let that stop us, so we ran the Official Unofficial Myrtle Beach Marathon. There were hundreds of people out running at the start and one news outlet called us “Renegade Runners“. We did ran the full marathon route right at 4 hours. We ran a couple of miles with a guy from Minnesota who had just run the the Arrowhead Ultra Marathon – crazy stories! We made a clip that lead one of the news casts that night. Here it is:
I listen to podcasts quite often and I really like this one. It’s a bit crazy, but the quote that stuck with me was that this guy and his wife made a promise to each other not to go through life sleeping.
EndurancePlanet.com: “Friday, August 8, 2008 Breakaway Friday: What Would Lloyd Dobler Do? Specs: 16 mins, 18 secs | 4.67 MB Presented by: Silverman
When Joe Kurmaskie set out with his two young sons to cover four-thousand miles on a bike, he wore a shirt with the abbreviation WWLDD on the front. It stood for: What Would Lloyd Dobler Do? Today on Endurance Planet we hear an audio excerpt from Kurmaskie’s book ‘Momentum is Your Friend’ in which he tries to live up to the high ideals of Dobler, a fictional character from the 80′s film Say Anything.
Here’s a terrible running story. Erika and I went for a run the other night. We were only going to be together for 2 miles of it though. I was going to run for 13 or 14, so I had my ipod in my belt ready to play as soon as we split up. As soon as we went our separate ways, I put on my head phones and pushed play. The song Umbrella by Rihanna came on. It’s the only song I’ve ever bought from iTunes and it was over played with my buddies in Seattle, so it was kind of fun to start off listening to. After it was over, the next song was…Umbrella by Rihanna – I hit fast forward, the next song was Umbrella by Rihanna. Yep, all that I had on my ipod was one song – one song and 11 miles to go. I tried to figure out all the words, but I don’t think I can still understand them. I also figured out that my external hard drive must not be hooked up since that was the only song I’ve purchased, that would be the only song on my C drive, everything else was on the external drive. I heard Umbrella 24 times on that run – It’s my most played song in iTunes.