STAT OF THE DAY: There are 2847 confirmed participants for IMFL 2010 (similar to 2009). A quick scan shows that there are 26 racers from the DC Metro area (7-DC, 8-MD, 11-VA). I recognized a lot of names. There were 2424 racers who showed up at the start line in 2009 with 2325 racers crossing the finish line. In other words, from sign up time to the time when they say xxxx YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!, the failure rate is about 18%. For the people that lined up on that beach when the gun went off, 96.4% heard those magical words by midnight.
Conclusion #1: Get to that start line by any means necessary and when you do .... GAME ON!
Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles. For some it's just another race on the calendar. For others ...it's a permanent smile etched in your soul.
Conclusion #2: Summer IM season is in full swing. Fall IM training season will begin shortly. My brothers and sisters in arms ... Protect your clavicles, wear a cup, and GET YOUR FREAKS ON!!!
As you were,