Monday, June 13, 2005

Kona Dreams

My Tri-Brother is 5 years younger and several decades ahead of me in the triathlon game. Like many of us, his dream is to race THE Ironman in Hawaii. Through all these years he's never entered the lottery for one of the precious few public slots, preferring to "earn" it by posting a qualifying time in another race. I disagree with him (your race bib doesn't say how ya got there) but it's his choice and there it is. He's been working incredibly hard this season with new trainers and training approaches. In short, he's rocking and rolling.

He raced the Eagleman half yesterday, with a goal to win one of his age group's three qualifying slots. He had a good race, finishing 6th in his age group, less than two minutes behind the 5th place finisher. Remember that two minutes. They're important.

Now picture this: it's after the race and the Kona slots are being awarded. First place finisher...accepts. Second place finisher...declines (yes, declines! WTF???) Third place...accepts. Fourth place...declines (!!!!) Now it's down to the fifth place finisher's decision. And he....

Wait for it...

Accepts. ARRRGGGGHHHH! Tri-Brother's dream is put on hold once again. By two minutes in a four hour race. But by the end of the day yesterday he was already plotting a July qualifying attempt in a half-IM somewhere in Texas. (I guess if ya gotta go to Texas in the summer that's probably the best - and maybe the only - reason to do so.) We're gonna need the TGD community's good thoughts and mojo working on that day, for sure.

Onward and upward.

5 comments:

Flatman said...

Hey, where in Texas is he racing? I am still tossing around attempting a half on September 11th! Is that the same one???

Comm's said...

hey tell tri-bro to look into Soma 1/2 IM in Tempe Arizona. Its been voted the best fall 1/2 in the country. it can be competitive though so it may not be a perfect Lottery attempt as a smaller venue.

nancytoby said...

Tell tri-bro he made a magnificent effort on a very tough day!!!!!

Shelley said...

Ughhhhhhhhh how frustrating, that's too bad..2 minutes..ughhh i'd be killing myself..not really..tee heee, well i'm sending him my good luck vibes his way!!!

Wil said...

Man, that really bites it doesn't it? But it'll make him want it even more, I'm sure as if he thought that could even be possible.