His and Hers
by Vince Matteo
Disappearing for hours upon hours without responding to emails, calls or texts might be considered suspicious behavior in some relationships but in our house, we call that Saturday.
Training for ironman is something that popped up after my wife and I met but I didn't need to explain being obsessive or competitive -- she was well versed in both...
(Yes, I know -- my wife is a badass!)
She was immediately intrigued by triathlon and she traded in her leathers for spandex -- we've been swimming, biking and running ever since.
As she worked her way through the distances, I wondered if she would get to ironman. We had talked about it a number of times but past injuries seemed to be the biggest obstacle which interfered with her ability to train for a marathon.
It appeared as if ironman would always be on the horizon but never close enough to reach.
Last year while racing in Coeur d'Alene, my wife in a somewhat threatening to do something voice" said, "I think I'm signing up for next year."
There was no argument from me and I was thrilled with the idea even though I understood the obstacles. I don't remember my exact words but it was probably something along the lines of, "Screw it, sign up!"
And so she did.
Over the next 12 months, there were moments when we felt like it wouldn't happen because as we all know, even the healthiest of athletes have issues and the question of getting to the starting line becomes unclear at times.
She made it though and she crossed the finish line of her first ironman this past June.
As I reflect back on the final days leading into the race, I thought I'd share my thoughts for those of you considering a race together.
In retrospect, it was fun being on the course together and it was really cool being in the chute when she crossed the line but I think life might have been easier (for me!) if I were playing the Sherpa during her events.
Vince is an experienced ironman competitor and multiple-time Kona-qualifer. You can follow him on his blog at felog.net and on Twitter @felog.