I started doing triathlons (a race where you swim, bike and then run) in 2004 to motivate myself to exercise regularly. Prior to then exercise was sporadic at best, and my weight slowly increased. I found that signing up for races scared me into training, and it became a cycle once I completed my first triathlon (train, race, marvel that I finished the darn thing, then repeat). I worked my way up from shorter races to longer races as my fitness improved, and I completed my first Ironman race in Florida in 2007 (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile “run”). I felt better than I had in a long time, and was blessed to have the support of my family, friends and colleagues.

Unfortunately, I beat up my Achilles tendon in 2009 running the Boston Marathon, and wound up in an aircast for three months. Needless to say my weight slowly increased, as I enjoyed the time away from regular training a bit too much. Over the summer I signed up for Ironman Lake Placid, NY July 2011. I thought it might be fun to write a blog about my experience preparing, and to also tweet about it at twitter.com/ironsurgeon, so here we go…