I am in my late 40's and live in Salem, MA with my wife Sue and our soon-to-be middle schooler son, Owen. Back in 2006, after some encouragement from my wife, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. I was prescribed a CPAP machine and was told I needed to lose some weighed as I tipped the scales at 195 lbs.
Getting some proper sleep, I quickly found I had enough energy to get back to swimming. Soon I was cycling and then after watching a video of Dick and Rick Hoyt complete the Ironman triathlon, I thought I might want to train for and complete a triathlon. So, in 2009 I completed a sprint distance race and since then I have been hooked on the multi-sport lifestyle.
Since then, I have completed more than 30 triathlons, including three 1/2 Ironman distance (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) triathlons, three 1/2 marathons, and three marathons (including both NYC and Boston).
I race for two reasons. The first involves our son Owen. I race so he sees that it's not all about coming in first. Winning simply means, trying your best and being satisfied with your effort. I hope he sees that in my face each time I cross the finish line. The second one revolves breaking the stereotype that there is one type of body needed to complete a marathon. With enough training, practice, and dedication anyone can run a marathon, or complete any race they desire.
"Triathlon has become life in microcosm, a metaphor that gives truth to the wisdom passed from each generation to the next: work hard and you will be rewarded, have faith in yourself and you will excel; do not falter when an ill wind blows your way." Ashley Halsey