It’s Kona week! Uber-fit tri-geeks are descending on the Big Island, The Aloha spirit is happening, and Endurance Nation is there in force with 9 EN rock stars ready to roll. And not just racers! We have quite a few TeamEN members on the island ready to help out and volunteering on race day. Very, very cool.
For your reading pleasure, we have a few of our members bios below.
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This is my fourth trip to the Big Show, but the first since 2009. I am excited to head back to the island to test my fitness and resolve. This is truly an extra bonus for me, as I even getting back to Kona was a long shot. As if qualifying wasn’t hard enough, training for the last ten weeks has been pretty much the hardest thing I have done in my tri life. The net is I am pretty fit, and pretty ready, so now it’s time to see what the Island gods have in store for my day. My trip of full five days of trigeekery kicks off at 3am tomorrow morning…so it’s time for me to go to bed. Stay tuned to Twitter (www.twitter.com/pmccrann) for full updates and thanks for your support. Go Team EN!
My name is Jonathan Lieberman. I am 39 and an interventional radiologist practicing in New Jersey. Much of my life the past 2 years has been inspired by the Ironman® novel Know Regrets by Tim Durant; in fact, I feel I have a lot in common with the main character Trip except I am a much, much slower triathlete 🙂 I am recently separated since my first Ironman® in Lake Placid this past July. I have two great boys Alex 8 and Zach 5.5. I am described by people close to me as “intense”. For me it’s been the only way to fly, as there are no words to describe the adversity I’ve had to overcome this past year and half. I have learned to let this adversity make me stronger, faster, and most importantly wiser. Ironman® in general and Endurance Nation literally saved my life, and it’s important for me not to hide that fact but to show other people that they too can turn their lives around as long as they BELIEVE. Hawaii represents the pinnacle, the Holy Grail, and brings out the most raw and extreme emotions from me. Like Trip, I was picked by lottery for this incredible opportunity, and I now truly believe and understand I was destined for a date with this island. The Race aside, it has been the journey here for which I am most grateful, as it has brought me together with folks who have become some of the most important people in my life. Although admittedly I have turned into a power/pace/gear geek or “Irondork” as my good friend calls me, my Kona race plan is simple: leave it all out there and see what I can do. Or as Tim Durant said it best: “Know Regrets for no regrets.”
Thanks for reading.
Well, 2011 has been a good year – had a great race in May at St. George IM and qualified for Kona. In June I wed Mike Nelson…after 25 years together it was time! We had a wonderful wedding on the rim of the Grand Canyon. This will be my third trip to the World Championship IM Race. I have followed the EN training plan to a “T,” and for the most part really enjoyed the work outs. I’m a big believer in quality over quantity and feel that is what the plan brought me. I would love a top 5 AG finish, but I would also love to finish. I look forward to meeting the other EN athletes and will enjoy cheering them as we pass one another along the course. Aloha!
I currently live in Warner Robins, GA with my wife, Gen, two daughters (11 and 6) and my son (9). I have been an F-16 pilot for over 20 years now and am still serving in the Air Force Reserves. We are a triathlon family — even the kids have all done two races. We became a tri-family when my wife started it all in the Spring of 2007. I deployed to Iraq that summer and started training for my first sprint in the fall of 2007. I got the bug and did my first IM in November 2009. IMKona will be my 4th IM, and second this year. This past year has been full of triathlon training and Breast Cancer. My wife was diagnosed last year 3 days before I competed in Ironman® Wisconsin (BAD NEWS!). I found out in April that I had received a lottery slot for this race (GOOD NEWS!). As BC is now such a big part of our lives, I am dedicating my Ironman® races this year to raising money for a local support charity. Any help will be appreciated: http://www.yourcause.com/
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