- Posted December 1, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CNN Fit Nation: 2014 Triathlon Challenge
This Guy Deserves A TRI - Part 2
You were introduced to me in the video that my wife and 4 children made and uploaded. They called it “This guy deserves a TRI”. I was humbled that they would nominate me since participating in a TRI and of course completing one is and has been on my “bucket list” for a long time.
This has been a crazy couple of years in my life and the lives of my family. In 2009 I resigned from my 15 year IT career in the Wireless industry and started working for a non-profit ministry that focused on community development in Africa. After the massive 2010 earthquake, that organization started sending teams to Haiti. While the teams were working to help, we stayed at a guest house that doubled as an orphanage. It was there that I met Wilguens. That re-opened a chapter in my and my wife’s book titled adoption. Starting the adoption process at the age of 47 was interesting and we never thought it would take 3 years to complete. But in June 2013, Wil came home to officially become the youngest of my four children whose ages are; 24, 21, 16 and 4. If I had not been working for the non-profit, I don’t think that I would have chosen to work in Haiti but if that had not happened, I would not have met Will and he would not have become part of our family and possibly no one else’s either.
I was still working for the non-profit in 2011 when I was out at lunch visiting a local ministry and listening to the radio. I heard a plea from a husband on behalf of his wife who needed a kidney transplant in order to save her life. She was down to 1 kidney and its' function was reduced to less than 5% and a transplant was her only hope. Later, the radio announcer said that she almost did not air the request and in fact that it was the only time that she did - and it was at the time that I was in the car and listening to the radio. I have had “organ donor” listed on my driver’s license for years but was not aware of living donor options and felt that I should call Emory and learn more. But, I was smart, and first called my wife. I asked her what she thought and told her that I felt it was something that I was supposed to pursue. She supported that decision and what followed were several rounds of testing to verify that I was an acceptable donor. That process all led up to the transplant surgery in May 2011. I have never regretted that decision and to know that she will have a chance to hold another child in her arms or to be at her own daughter’s wedding are reminders of how a choice can impact the lives of so many for the good.
So, why a TRI? Why did my family gang up and submit a video application on my behalf? I think they want to see me complete a goal that I’ve set for myself but have not made the time to complete. I have run a few half marathons (and I use the term “run” quite loosely here) but haven’t experienced what it would feel like to complete one successfully, instead of just completing it. I have felt my own personal undercarriage go numb from riding a bike and have wondered what it would take to keep that from happening on long bike rides. And I have done little more than move forward while treading water (not even going to try and call it swimming). These three activities cobbled together to perform a TRI make for a great goal but one that is daunting given the unknowns that proper supervision (or constructive mockery) could help. I have read books and magazines, I have paid my entry fee for races only to offer the fees as donations to worthy causes because I haven’t followed through to actually show up.
I need accountability and a trainer that can help change me from learning what to do, to actually doing it. I need someone that can explain what a fartlek is, if it is good for me, and if so, how to do it. I need someone to help me know when to use the Udderly Smooth cream and when not to use it. And I really need someone to help me swim from point A to point B in a horizontal direction instead of point A to point B in a vertical direction (also called bobbing or treading water).
In other words… I need help. And this guy deserves a TRI (my wife made me add this at the end).