In sum, I’m glad that I took the leap into the xtri world. It had been a long time since I had wondered if I could even complete a race. Preparing and executing this race definitely got me in the best shape of my life, broadened my horizons and gave me great experiences. Isn’t that what triathlon should be all about?
Half a mile from the end, I got to see the finish line and could visualize Andrea with her flashy red jacket. I was so determined to finish that didn’t stop running until the very end. It was then when I started thinking about the day, and how lucky I was to be there, and how grateful I was for life and for my friends, my wife, my kids, my partners, and how everything is possible with the right focus and effort.
Susan and I made the complete hike in 4 1/2 hours and I was never so happy to be done with an endurance event: 16hrs 26min which was 23rd place overall and almost an hour faster than last year. And a year older, too. For the second year in a row I was the oldest finisher, which I’m actually proud of being able to do.
As I neared the straight part near the finish, I was greeting my a shout, "Papi". Up ahead of me, my 5 year old son Benjamin came running towards me, his little feet moving as fast as they could and his face split into the biggest smile. I wanted him to finish with me. "Come on Benjamin, lets do this. Keep up" I told him. Laughing as he ran, he kept up with me the last 300 m to the finish line.