When you're a triathlete, there are many people who are important in your journey: friends, family, significant others, dogs, mentors, etc. Right after I signed up for IM CdA, I was lucky enough to find a mentor. He's a great source of wisdom, smack talk and calls me out on bullshit and excuses.
Yep, I'm talking about this guy:
Last year when I was just starting out on the Ironman journey, I joined a mentor thread on BeginnerTriathlete. It turned out to be very helpful. We all exchanged ideas and training strategies and funny stories. The mentor, Slayer, is crazy badass. He's into insane volume and it works for him. He's a reformed porkchop who's earned serious tri points, including a propensity for trying to scare the race director when he podiums (finishes in the top 3 or 4 of his division). The thread has started up again and I'm on it, along with a few other people from last year and some new folks, too. It's so nice to have a group of other crazies who love to talk about tri stuff.
One of the things Slayer asked of me was to post some lessons I learned from my last IM. This is what I wrote: