Age is just a number…easy to say, hard to prove…
My friend Karyn‘s story
This is very inspiring story about a changing a life. We are getting older and not everyone is able to take care about themselves.
That is the main reason to stay active, do not lose strength, balance and stamina. Because we can be independent in our lifes, not dependent on others. We can improve overall health and quality of our life.
What is your story about?
Hope Karyn´s message finds you well.
With a pivotal birthday fast approaching, I decided to do something to prove to myself that age is just a number. I wanted to do something that was more physically challenging than anything I’d ever done before in my life, so that I could demonstrate that getting older can mean getting better. I decided to work my way up to an Ironman triathlon – a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile bike – for a total of 140.6 miles.
Over the course of several years, I completed several sprints (about 21 miles), some Olympics (about 33 miles) and a half-iron distance triathlon (70.3 miles). When I finished my half-iron on a 95 degree day with no shade, in a respectable time, I thought, “This is one of the hardest things I have ever done and it really was not all that hard.”
I have signed-up and put in over 8,000 miles of swimming, biking and running training over the past 2 years, for 2 Ironman triathlons, only to miss both races. Challenges including both hell and high water – literally – have kept me from racing in the past, but neither will keep me from finishing again.
As of 2013, I have been training for almost 6 years and while I’ve yet to finish an Ironman, the training itself has transformed my life. I have completed more than 13,000 total training miles, a distance equivalent to more than half way around the globe. I have lost weight, cut-out alcohol and smoking. I am as fit and strong as anytime in my adult life, with more endurance than ever. I am currently signed-up for my 3rd Ironman, scheduled for late 2013.
While I’ve not yet finished an Ironman, the training journey has be one of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever done. It is still a life goal to cross the Ironman finish line and I look forward to hearing the race announcer say, “Karyn Strickler, you are an Ironman!”
Anybody can do an Ironman triathlon, if they are willing to put in the time to do the training. But just getting fit and healthy can be reward enough. I’ve had the pleasure of inspiring many others to do exactly that, yet another reward of the pursuit of that Ironman finish line. But even if you don’t do an Ironman, get off the couch and get moving!
I wish Karyn to finish her 1st Ironmen triathlon on 21st of September in USA.