August 21 – 2016 – Ironman Tremblant
This race, this medal belongs to the real Ironman, Ironwomen, their families, friends, medical team, for every day, they decide to keep on fighting.
It has been four days since the end of the race.
12 hours 6 minutes was the official time, the last 12 hours and 6 minutes of an adventure that started 9 months ago.
Crossing the finish line meant so much, hard to take it all in in the split seconds that follow the realization that 225km were travelled in a single day, from swimming, biking and running.
The conditions were not ideal, far from anything experienced during the trainings – but not so far when it comes to how much the mind was pushed in the past 9 months. Some days were tougher than others, much tougher, and it was then that we realize that if we were patients, and keep going, keep fighting, we do make it through. But to keep on fighting is not easy – I was lucky to witness and learn this continuous determination in the Parkinson’s patient I had the chance to meet. They truly provided me with the determination needed to make it through on race day.
A rainy windy cold day endured for 12 hours 6 minutes is a definite timeframe. What is that time, relative to years of patients continuously “racing” their own ironman, continuously adapting to the variables deterioration in health may bring, but nevertheless never giving up, or when they think they will, they hear the cheer from their close ones, or they get a glimpse of the sun…
The people seeking their health are the true Ironman’s in my honest opinion.
Weraceforparkinson’s started as a hope, a hope that we can be thankful for our health, and help or be caring for those whose life threw a curve ball to theirs – but still choose to keep fighting day in, day out. This adventure was also to motivate others to be caring for patients, their families, friends, and if we see them smiling to smile with them, and if we see them struggling, to stop and see how we can help, for, hearing a “you got this, keep going!” or a simple clap, or a hand waiting to get a high five, can make you forget the pain being endured.
I experienced this through the 180km bike ride, and 42.2km run, when you most want to give up, and you hear the cheer from the crowd, from your loved ones, from the little kids, there is a boost of energy that is irreplaceable and carries you through.
Some may think the true Ironmans are the ones that cross the finish line, but the support group is equally as important; they face the same weather one is facing as a participant, they stand all day, to get a few seconds glimpse of the people they came to encourage – their role is equally as important, equally as brave…
Throughout the last few months, this cause has gathered 3400$ out of an objective to get 5000$ – We are so close to the objective! Thank you to all of you who have believed and supported this cause, there are no words that come to mind to share the feeling of satisfaction I get from seeing people wanting to help this cause. This said, I think and would love to reach the objective set at the beginning. For that reason, I ask you all to follow the link, and donate. The 225km were travelled, that objective was met, now lets gather the 5000$. Together, we can do so much!
Research is what will help us understand the disease and ultimately find either a cure, or new treatments that can give the patients more years where the sun will be shining in their lives, and less days fighting through the waves, the rain, the wind, the hills. I truly believe research in this field will ultimately help the patients cross their own finish line, overcoming their illness.
This adventure would not have been possible without the support of so many people who believed in this cause and who helped me in their own way, reach that finish line – these adventures are not a one man show, but rather a team effort. I love you all for your support. And I reiterate – enjoy your health, cherish it, for it is a fragile flower –Share this