I have never really considered myself a "runner." Sure, I'm a marathoner. But there's a difference. Runners LOVE to run, and would do it without a race on the horizon. And in many cases, marathoners ARE runners. Me, not so much. I run marathons because that is what keeps me running.
Getting to know George Schweitzer over the past year, I've seen a similar attitude. Anyone who keeps up with George's blog knows that he is more than just an Ironman. He qualified for the Boston Marathon and had an amazing run despite the horrid conditions, this year. He has completed triathlons all over the country (including a half-dozen Ironman events). This past year, he started breaking out the mountain bike to participate in various off-road events.
It is this variety that is leading me to consider the "next big challenge." It is what motivates me to see if I can complete a 50-mile ultramarathon. It is what generates interest in endurance level adventure racing. It does not, however, lead me to consider 10K swimming events. After all, everyone needs some kind of boundaries.
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.