It is almost a right of passage (and perhaps a requirement) to compose a blog about the trials, tribulations and training leading up to an individual participating in, and hopefully completing, an Ironman Triathlon. Most of these blogs are just training logs seasoned with a pinch of personal stories that have no real message or end goal. Some, if well written, have even become best selling books (i.e. Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run by Andy Holgate). Although this blog is fueled by the quest for and Ironman finish, it is not one of those typical Ironman blogs.
IronFamily is a project that intends to document our quest for an Ironman finish as a family. Although only one of us will be running through the finishing chute, it will take the effort and dedication of an entire family to get us there. When Mike Reilly proclaims me an Ironman in July 2014, that badge of honor will be bestowed on our entire family, not just me. It will be one of the toughest and proudest family achievements to date, and if all goes as planned, make us truly and IronFamily.
Now to introduce ourselves. My name is John and I am married to a spectacular woman named Tara. We have two children; Alasdair, 7, and Avery, 4. We are your typical middle-class, dual income family living on Long Island. We, as most, have struggled with health and fitness for most of our lives. I will be turning 40 this year and for the first time in my life, I feel that I am on the right path with regards to health and fitness. However, this path was not chosen from an overnight, wake up one morning epiphany. It has been a 10 year journey, with plenty of failures and setbacks. I also choose to say that we are on the right path, because we still have not gotten to where we want to be.
Raising healthy and fit children these days can be more difficult than training for an Ironman triathlon. From the inadequacy of school lunches to the science experiments our peer groups dish out as snacks, we have to continually swim against the current to instill healthy habits in our house and in our children. This is a battle that cannot be fought alone. One of the goals of this blog is to reach out to, interact with and receive feedback from other individuals and families swimming in the same upstream current.
Our entire family will contribute to this blog (although I am not sure how much we can expect from a 4-year old that only knows her "at" words) and we hope that yours will also.
Although Ironman training is the vehicle being used, this blog will be mostly about our journey to create and cultivate a healthy and fit family.
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