About Chad

40 year old couch potato turned Ironman athlete.

As a child, and through my teen years, I was always very active and fairly athletic.

I grew up a competitive swimmer and in high school I purchased my first road bike.  I used to swim 5-6 days per week and bike 20+ miles per day.  I always wanted to do an Ironman triathlon, but I hated running.

I pretty much partied away my early 20’s but in 1998, at the age of 28, I met the woman I would marry.  Rather than following my dreams from childhood, I allowed life’s responsibilities to get in the way.  In hindsight, it feels like I got married in 2000, had a child in 2001, blinked and woke up a 39 year old divorced, overweight and mildly depressed single dad.  Where did all the time go?

At 39 years old, after separating from my wife, I was adjusting to single life again.  It was not going well.  I was lonely, depressed (but good at putting on my happy face for my son and everyone else to see), overweight, eating bad, and drinking to much beer.  My 40th Birthday was approaching, and I was really worried due to my family medical history.  The males in my family do not have a good record when it comes to living a long life.

Both my Grandfather and my Father had their first heart attacks in their 40’s, and I was quickly heading there myself!  I decided enough was enough!  I could sit around feeling sorry for myself, or I could get my ass off the couch and start working out.

So I started running and guess what?  I discovered a love for running!  I started eating better, and the weight started to fall off.  I was feeling great, and wanted an additional challenge, so I set my eyes on an completing and Ironman!

This blog is my documentation of my journey to an Ironman.  I will also be adding info that is helpful to those who may be considering training for their first triathlon.

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