My annual off-topic post.
I am a three-time Ironman. I competed in Ironman Wisconsin yesterday for the third-straight year. I did the race (a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run) in a respectable 12 hours and 23 minutes. A podium finish it was not, but perhaps in the FCPA category it was. It was my slowest Ironman time, but most gratifying as leg injuries had me on crutches for a few weeks this summer and thereafter unable to run any significant distance.
Ironman is obviously a physicial test, but a mental and emotional journey just the same. It takes determination to get to the finish line as well as courage to put yourself at the starting line. Why Ironman? Why not? In many respects it is the celebration of the human spirit.