I just want to say thanks for all your support and encouragement.
This weekend has been a blur. I have pieces of what happen. I can say there is a number of times when I think about you guys.
I just got home about an hour ago.
There is a number of time I got really emotional. The course simply takes a lot out of me. Like:
i) From the beginning of the run, someone cheered, 'Go race 4 kids'. I thought about the children with cancer battling day in and out. That just took over me.
ii) Especially the last 2-3 miles (5 km) on the run. In Lake Placid, you do a quick turn around before you head back to the finish line. In that loop, it was dark and all I thought about was the past two years. I remembered clearly when my sis sat me down last year and told me, 'Cliff, I will support you.' Or the struggle getting up 5 am, walk 20 min to the pool and trying to swim. Or my family being there and putting up with my training.
I was holding back the tears...
Even thought I finished the Ironman, I still can't conceive the distance. 112 miles (or 180 km) bike plus a marathon (26.2 miles or 42 km) is simply too long. Heh, at the end I was running aid station to aid station. I want REAL food :P.
Heh...I can't say this is fun fun. It is DEFINITELY the most enjoyable experience I had. I will never give this up. I will take all the ups and downs. The highs and lows anytime.
Will post more along the week.
Once again, THANKS SO MUCH GUYS.
Cliff (not me) - were you the one who sent me a message on the board. It wrote 'Cliff said, spooky say moove it.' or something like that?