“A genius is the one most like himself.” – Thelonius Monk
Ironman World Championship
Kailua-Kona, HI ★ 2016.10.08
I decided to remove this post because I didn’t convey what I’d hoped and I did convey a lot of things I never intended. Instead, the right thing is what I said immediately after the race.
Still reeling from a tough day. I did what I had hoped and planned to do on the swim and bike, and I thought I set myself up for a good performance. I never felt smooth out of T2 and at 10km it was clear that this was going to be a struggle.
I poured my heart into getting back here, but six Ironman races in under a year (and seven in under 14 months) seems to have been more than I was able to handle. I do not regret it though. This is the biggest stage and the biggest opportunity in our sport. Failure is always a risk in worthwhile pursuits. I wanted to stop so many times. It was unquestionably the single worst performance of my career. But I managed, somehow, to get to the finish. And I am glad I did.
I feel like I left a part of myself out there on the Queen K. There is the inevitable question of “now what?” And to be honest I don’t know. Now is probably not the right time for making decisions. In the short term, I’m looking forward to being a husband and a father – and not an athlete – for a little while.
Thank you to everyone who followed along on my journey to get here. And who supported me before, during, and after.
One thought on “Never Again Until Next Time”
I enjoyed the technical analysis of this one. Reminds me of when I started reading your blog a few years back. Thanks for sharing, as always.