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Life … when the training is finished

T-minus 81 hours and counting …

Eric and I - 45 minutes before the start – Ironman Arizona 2008 – Tempe, Arizona

Every year the mayor of Tempe invites members of the Phoenix-area media to challenge him a 1/100th Ironman race – a .24 mile swim; a 1.12 mile bike and a .26 mile swim. The winner gets $1,000 donated to the charity of his or her choice.

I’ve done this race every year of its existence – save November 2008, a couple days before my first real Ironman. For those of you who don’t know yet, a real Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, back to back to back. I’ll be doing my second one on Sunday.

But I’ll also be doing the Mayor’s Charity Challenge this year at 7 a.m. tomorrow. I figure I have a shot at winning this year. I made a pledge in April to raise $4,200 in 12 months for the charity I always work for – Tempe Community Action Agency. I figure this is a good place to start. (Don’t worry, even if I lose, I’ll still make good on the pledge by April – all my big fundraisers are coming up here in Tempe in the Jan-Apr time frame).

Many of you have asked – and I sincerely appreciate your concern – how the left leg is doing. The short answer is its holding up at somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of normal, depending on the hour. It’s good enough to do the race. The doc gave me clearance and said we can deal with permanent healing after the race is over.

I’m coming off back-to-back 12+ hour work days. It’s been crazy busy; and I’m actually still not quite done with all I have to do today.

As of right now, it’s 81 hours and 4 minutes until the race.

A heads up to all friends: I’ve paid for special GPS tracking that will allow friends all over the world to watch my performance real time online. I should have complete details on the web address; and directions for how to watch me (I’ll be a dot on a map), coming tomorrow or Friday. For Phoenix-area friends, I’ve been told that this software may be smart phone accessible, too; so as I have more info, I’ll provide it.

Also – details will be coming on meeting points at the actual race for people who want to get together and cheer. If you can make it out for any part of the race, I’d love it. Your support means a lot when you’re out there slummin’ it during a 11-15 hour race. Plus, for those of you who’ve never seen an Ironman start or an Ironman finish line, it’s something to behold. Talk about energy and emotion. It’s all over the place. It’s insane. You won’t be disappointed.

It’s almost here …

– Ed

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