On the Other Side of Ironman

An Ironman recap from Mike Weiss

I am so relieved to be on this side of the Ironman competition.  Please note, that from my perspective, I am using the word “competition” loosely.  First of all, thank you so much for all of your support.  I could not have done this without the support of family and friends.


Since this has been on my bucket list, I finally decided to bite the bullet.  I have to tell you that I felt exceptionally out of place when we arrived in Louisville, KY that Friday for registration.  What was I thinking?!  Everyone looked years younger and in phenomenal shape.

It took all the self-control I could muster, not to jump in my car and head back to Indianapolis.  My brother-in-law inquired as to my overall goal.  Well, to put things in perspective, the Ironman is a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride (yes, that is essentially riding back to Indianapolis from Louisville) and ending with a full marathon.  So my goal was very simple…. to finish within the allowed 16 hours.  To my relief, I finished in just under 15 hours.  Clearly I am very happy (and relieved) to have knocked this one off my bucket list.

To have had the support of my family and friends at the race was invaluable.  During the race, they seemed to show up at locations just when I needed them most.  I could not help but smile.  This was a remarkable experience; beyond my wildest expectations. Quite honestly, I had a blast!

More importantly, the fact that we were able to raise money through this for the American Cancer Society is incredibly rewarding.  Like so many of you, I too have lost family members to this horrible disease.  While I may not have broken any records, I am very happy that together, we have contributed to the ongoing efforts of cancer research for the benefit of generations to come.

Your support has meant so much, and truly helped to get me to the finish line.

If you have not, but would still like to make a contribution, please click here.

Again, thank you & stay well.


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  1. kevin wagner said...

    Mike, that is the most awesome thing I’ve heard today! CONGRATULATIONS ! what an inspiration to me to get my butt back to the gym!
    again great job

    October 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm | link to this reply to this
  2. Susan Branco said...

    MIke: How awesome! You are in a small world of overachievers…really remarkable. The Hilly Hundred was enough for me!! Congratulations on taking on this goal and overachieving! Well done!

    June 20, 2017 at 9:01 am | link to this reply to this

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