Below is the IML/IMW 2010 crew that truly represented (in alphabetical order):
Scott Ellison (1st IM)
Kyle Frank (1st IM)
Jason Jordan (1st IM)
Gary Martin (1st IM)
Mark Schuler (1st IM)
Todd Spanish (1st IM)
Jenn Tiepen (1st IM)
Dirk Wuensche (1st IM)
As a coach who takes great pride in each of his athletes I find the closing hours of an IM especially special. Some of the most intense battling takes place in the last 2 hours of an event of this length. Those who scorch the 140.6 in the low 8 range certainly battle, but I also believe the folks who are finishing with an hour to spare are something special.
I'd be remiss if I did not give Meredith Dolhare a congrats as well for tackling Roth (IM) and Regensberg (IM) with two weeks seperating the two events. She then took on one of the most challenging endurance events around; Powerman Zofingen five weeks later. A superb showing indeed!
On the "IM in 10" end of things I am grateful to report that I was able to execute a 7 mile run at Madison w/ minimal issues. So, in the upcoming weeks I will be dialing in on adding some 'finishing touches' to my IMF 2010 preparation.
I am really looking FWD to sharing my journey and trumping traditional thinking with respect to IM preparation.
Stay tuned troops...Coach L