The Ironman is a journey. It isn't something you can just wake up one day and do. All the ups and all the downs during training and preparation come together in one long day. I didn't just wake up one day and decide to try my luck at the race it all started with weight loss but you can read more about that story here.
It's finally here, or close to it at least. IM Louisville takes place on August 24th and the taper period is underway. Since it's my first Ironman I wanted to take the time to experience the entire event and not just the race.
Wednesday I plan on taking a drive around the course to mark any sharp corners or other areas to look out for. I'll be at the Expo both Thursday and Friday as well as any other events for athletes. There are pro talks, Q&A sessions and so much more.
If your interested if following along during the time leading up to the race make sure to check out the Ironman Central page found here. You can also find instructions on how to follow me on race day. Hint, I'll be wearing a GPS tracking device.
Thanks to everyone who has followed the journey this year. It's been one of the most challenging experiences and come August 24th, one of the most rewarding.
* Read about the start of the journey here!
Life is a crazy thing. Just a few years ago I would have never thought in a billion years I'd enjoy running. Ever since the good old days of playing hockey as a youngster I never really enjoyed physical activity. At one point this had gotten so bad that I would take the elevator up to the second floor to my apartment. Climb up those stairs? Let's be real here!
Like most people, I've already begun to get ready for the Door County Triathlon on Sunday July 20th. That means I'm starting to pack up everything while still trying to train all week, seems counter productive I know.
This also means one of the things I'm most excited about this time around has arrived and no it's not a rotten stomach like the last race. It is the My Athlete Live tracking device I just received.
This device will allow you to track me in real-time, all from your web browser or Android/iOS device! Just use the instructions below for your device. As a reminder the race starts at 8:00am central time. The device will be in transition 1 so it will not track the swim. Once I get on the bike it will start moving and be tracking all the way through the end of the run.
1. Navigate to My Athlete Live Event - http://www.myathletelive.com/events/
2. Search for Door County Triathlon
3. Find "Dustin Schmidt" and click
4. Read instructions (let's be honest who does that) and find the "PRESS HERE TO VIEW YOUR ATHLETE" text and click.
1. Download the app from Google Play
Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.myathlete.myathlete
2. Open the app
3. You WILL be prompted to download "Adobe Air" if you do NOT already have it
Download and install the required Adobe Air app when prompt
4. Open the app, again! This time Search by name once opened
1. Download the app from the App Store
iOS App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myathlete-live-tracker/id552369174?mt=8
2. Open Up App and Search by name
In case you missed or are interested in the Door County Triathlon Half Ironman distance maps you can read and find out more about the maps and my plan, here!