I wanted to let you all know that I survived Ironman St. George last Saturday. Despite the fact that Utah had a heat wave on race day (95 degrees) that basically negated all the training I did in New Jersey's 35 degree weather, and despite Utah's hills which are most certainly twice the size of NJ's hills, I finished forty five minutes ahead of my projected time. The swim was a crazy mass start of people kicking and squirming over each other. During the bike ride I got made fun of for having so many cliff bars tapped to my bike. The run was brutal but I finished the 140.6 mile race in 14 hours 14 minutes. If you need to remember what the heck an Ironman is, here is the official video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs6vD1GMgDU&feature=fvst
The best part about the race? We raised $3,500 dollars for Foundation for Peace. I traveled with Foundation to Haiti during August 2010, and left feeling convicted I had not done enough to help the people there. Foundation is working on numerous projects from medical centers to keeping kids in school; and they are, in general, amazing people doing great things. I'll send out another update email with how the money gets used to make a huge difference in Haiti. Thanks again for your encouragement. I couldn't have done it without you.