First, allow me to say I may have reached the pinnacle of my ultramarathoning career. Having participated in the Fall 50, I have a new and profound respect for ultramarathoners, particularly those who complete extreme endurance events in the 100+ category. Fifty was quite enough for this body, and only time will tell if more events at this distance are likely.
WARNING: Inherently political post to follow. Those interested in triathlon specific content, there is none in this post.
While looking at options for a new clothes dryer (long story, don't ask), I took the time to dig up pictures from the Fox Cities Marathon. As usual, I got a couple decent shots in the midst of lots of brutal pictures. This first ones is actually near the end of the race. For me, it was about 38 miles into the day.
As I neared the finish, I was thinking how it would be nice to show some energy rather than my usual dull plod down the chute. I had "One Step Beyond" by Madness playing, and considered doing the Madness Shuffle across the finish line. Figuring that would look pretty odd WITHOUT the music, I just ran back and forth encouraging the crowd to cheer. There were a lot of people coming after me, and the spectators were pretty lifeless. I'm amazed anyone was able to get a picture of me as I was running back and forth.
Allow me to present "Death Warmed Over." I love the snarl. Oddly enough, this is also in the finish chute. I went from cheerleading the crowd to an apparently whiny "Are we there, yet?" in just a few feet. Oh well, it keeps me humble.
About 10 days ago, my kids started coming down with colds. They had slight fevers followed by lots of congestion and coughing. We spent several days wiping noses, pushing fluids, and occassionally disregarding alarmist warnings by providing medicine. Having two sick kids meant a lot of nights sleeping on one floor or another trying to comfort them, or at least keeping them company when they couldn't sleep.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.