Like Waiting For Santa

Ryan Leong

Ryan LeongI’m now less than four days from toeing the start line of a race I watched on TV as a child, seen in person, dreamed of racing, and was the main reason I got into the sport of triathlon: Ironman™ World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The best way to describe the anticipation is that it’s like a 5yo waiting for Santa Claus. A Santa that will undoubtedly bring all sorts of unexpected goodies like chafing, upset stomach, cramping, sore muscles, black toenails, and a huge slice of humble pie. Regardless, 7am, October 13th, 2012 can’t come soon enough!!

My training for this race was more than a bit rough and less than ideal, but I’ve done my best, and all 100+ mile rides, 20+ mile runs, long swims, bricks, core work, early mornings and late nights are done and in the bank! In addition, my training partners, support network, and wife, Bonnie, have been amazing and it has been a journey that I will remember for a lifetime.

I will see you all at the finish line!