My friend Marc Rubin raced at Ironman New Zealand today. He did awesome.
Marc used to weigh 320 pounds. Then Marc changed his life.
I remember meeting Marc years ago when I was living in Scottsdale. He was this overweight slow guy who would show up on our group training rides religiously. He always got dropped. We always waited at the top of the hill for him. Sometimes for a long time.
Then one day I was racing another friend up a hill and killing myself to hang on to his wheel... get to the top... and who's right on my wheel? Marc. Wow. Where'd that come from? Marc was getting faster.
I think that was in 2004. Marc did his first Ironman in Arizona in 2005 and finished in like 14+ hours. He kept at it. Obsessively. He made his goals known to everyone. Break 10 hours.
I think he's done like 7 Ironmans over the last couple of years... sometimes getting pretty darn close to that magic 10 hour mark but never actually getting under it. The run was his weakness. This year, he decided to turn himself into a runner.
Marc blogs about his journey... see the link in my sidebar (Marc Rubin's Quest for 10 Hours). He's been talking about his obsessiveness and all that he's been doing to turn himself into a runner so he could reach his goal. This year he hired a coach to help him and then definitely put the work in... Today Marc ran 3:36 on his way to his 9:55 finish time. Incredible!
Marc's goal wasn't just to break 10 hours. Marc wants to race in Kona. He was 11th in his age group today so we'll see tomorrow if that was enough to get him there. I hope so. I'd love to see Marc in Kona!!
Marc's story is such an inspiration to me because I, too, am working on turning myself into a runner. I'm seeing some progress, which just fuels my motivation even more... and now I'm incredibly happy to report that I'm working with Jen Harrison who will be guiding me along the route to success! She says it starts with believing in yourself and your plan. Marc believed. I believe. And I'm so excited about my journey... although Jen did say something about suffering... In fact, she's mentioned that several times already... so I better go get some sleep.