Thursday, March 18, 2010

I FINISHED !!! :)

Well thanks to a lot of support from my friends and family I was able to cross the finish line of the 2010 New Zealand Ironman in a time of 13 hours. Not a great time but I will take it. Thanks again to all of you who supported me and supported the Surfrider Foundation. It was a great experience and I can't wait to do it again.

See you in the water....

Friday, February 19, 2010

Race Time Again

Aloha Everyone,



Well a year has come and past since my last race and if you are reading this than you already know all about my last Ironman distance race and what happened so I won't bore you with another recap. However, I am happy to report that over 500 dollars was raised for PD research.



This year my adventure will take place in New Zealand, a place I have wanted to visit for a long time. I am looking forward to exploring the vast coastline of the country and enjoying the different surf spots along the way. But most importantly I will again try and raise money for a worthy cause.



This year I will attempt to complete the race in an effort to raise money for the Surfrider Foundation. An organization that is near and dear to me. I have been fortunate enough to be part of the Oahu Chapter for many years. Over the years I have been able to obtain great satisfaction in both the work involved with the organization and the wonderful people that I have met. Competing in this race and attempting to raise money is my way of giving back to an organization that has given so much to me.



So how does it work...simple. If you would like to support the Surfrider Foundation simply pledge to donate whatever amount of money you wish per mile that I complete. So if I am able to finish the race which is 140.6 miles long and you donate one dollar per mile then you would donate 140 dollars, I don't mind if you round down :).



Donating is easy just go to http://www.surfrider.org/ and click on the Donate tab and follow the instructions.



Thank you everyone and wish me luck I will need it.

Monday, March 9, 2009

How to donate

Many of you have been asking how you can submit the donations that have been pledged. The process is very easy. Just go to http://www.parkinson.org/ and click on the "donate today" tab at the top, then click the "general gifts" tab located in the left column. Once you have opened that page it gives you step by step instruction on how to donate.

I am not sure what the total tally is for the donations since some people did not specify the amount they plan on donating but I know it is well over $500.00.

Thanks again to everyone who donated and to everyone who helped me along the way. Most importantly I want to thank Scott for being such an inspiration to everyone he comes in contact with.

It was a great feeling to be able to do something for someone who has done so much for others.

Mahalo and don't forget to get in the water!!!

Tim

The Race

I am posting an email I sent to many of my friends and family about what happened during the race so many of you may of already seen this but some of you haven't.

Hello Everyone, it is great that all of you took interest in my personal endeavor of the Ironman. So where do I begin..
Well, from the beginning I guess

Swim... To be honest, this was my biggest fear going into the race. I had never swam that far and just didn't know what to expect. Before entering the water, my stomach was in knots and I can't even begin to explain the anxiety, fear, nervousness, and excitement that I was experiencing. Jeff, I'm sure can relate but for the rest of you, the best way to describe it is like surfing the north shore on a big day when you know you are a little out of your league but you are going in anyway. Once I jumped in the water to go to the starting line (it's a swim start so you are treading water waiting for the starting gun) all worries went away and I felt good. The swim was great I could've gone faster but didn't want to push myself early. Other than getting nailed by the occasional jellyfish, it was a breeze.

The Bike.. This is when it got ugly... Temperature around 95 to 98, extremely humid, NO WIND..NO SHADE...just me and my bike tires melting in the sun..right off the bat I felt horrible and was moving at a snails pace but I was making progress. The bike course consisted of a section of 4 - 20 mile loops plus some other terrain to equal the mileage. The entire bike was a struggle but I wouldn't give up. The bike course smelled like diesel fumes and raw sewage and I was sick to my stomach almost the entire time. Every once in a while Ye would speed by on our moped we rented cheering me on and that really gave me a boost.

After my third lap I was barely alive but still determined and feeling better that I only had about 20 miles to go, then that's when it all fell apart I came to a roundabout and the volunteer directing me where to go asked me if I was done with my last lap.......I said, "No, one more." I held up my finger to indicate that I had to do one more lap. He flagged me to the right and I kept on going. About ten miles later I see that I am coming up the bike/run transition area and that he has directed me to go the wrong way... I was DEVASTATED I couldn't go off course and go back. I would be disqualified and I knew I still needed to finish another twenty miles of biking.

As I look back in retrospect, I discovered that this was a defining moment in my life. I had two options: to give up and end the race because I knew that I had made a mistake and couldn't completely finish the race or I could keep on going. I sat there in the changing room getting my run gear on trying to decide what to do and I came to the realization that I am not a quitter and I am not going to give up on Scott and also not give up on myself. I kept on going I ran a marathon knowing that I would not be considered an Ironman. I didn't care I wouldn't quit.

The Run...The run was great I felt strong and finished in just over five hours. I crossed that finish line and felt good about myself. I may not be an Ironman yet but I know I can do it, and I know I am not a quitter. There will always be another race (I plan on doing the one in New Zealand next March).

I may of not received a finishers tshirt or the certificate but I still swam/bike/ran 120.6 miles for Scott and for myself and I know I can do it.

I just want to thank everyone for the help along the way, my friends for understanding that I haven't been around much and have given me encouragement, to Scott who has given me the inspiration, to Rich Figel, Jim Moriarty, and the Honolulu Advertiser who helped get the word out for Scott, and most importantly...YE...without her I couldn't of done it, she stuck by me through the highs and lows and always believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself.

Thanks again to everyone and I will be back I still have to complete an Ironman and get that Tshirt.

So thats my first Ironman story, not exactly how I wanted it to end but still a good story.

So for the record I completed 120.6 miles not to bad but I know next time I will do better.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Update

So my training is winding down to the last few days and it certainly hasn't gone as smoothly as I would have liked (stomach bug for a few days, stepped on Vana (sea urchin) while surfing that prevented me from running for two weeks etc.) but you gotta roll with the punches right... But its for a great cause and I certainly can't complain, each day of training has allowed me to feel closer to a goal of not just finishing a race but helping a friend.

I would like to thank everyone who has donated money and well wishes for this cause. So far over 500.00 dollars have been pledged to help find a cure for PD. Keep those pledges coming in.

I'm off to Southeast Asia so wish me luck!

Congratulations Scott!!!

Scott has recently been awarded Surfrider’s Chapter Leadership Award at the 4th annual Wavemaker Awards Dinner held on February 7th at Surfrider’s Global Headquarters in San Clemente, CA.



Scott has been instrumental in campaigns such as save Sunset Beach, Waimea Valley and Kakaako Park, as well as the ongoing campaign to save Kawela Bay and prevent the over-development of the Turtle Bay Resort. Additionally Scott was a driving force behind the creation of the John Kelly Environmental Award.



Keep up the great work Scott!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Pass this along

Aloha everyone and thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I have been inspired to raise money for PD research in honor of my friend Scott. This blog is not only for those of you in the Surfrider Foundation community, but also for anyone who knows someone who has been affected by PD. So please feel free to pass this on if you feel inspired to. I hope that through small efforts such as this we can bring our friends and loved ones one step closer to a cure for PD.

Thanks again and don't forget to comment on this blog. It can be words of encouragement or to inform us how much money is being donated so that a running tally can be kept.

See you at the finish line.

Tim