Life can get busy sometimes and I can't believe it's been over a month since my last blog post. I continue to feel blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life and feel like life is finally returning to a balanced state of normal.
I've recently had some great adventures with family and friends! We took an trip to Oahu, Hawaii in April as a family with friends in our Team Blaze Spokane Triathlon Club joining us for an awesome vacation! We were able to do all the things I love which include: exercise, laugh and spend quality time together in paradise!
Each morning we got up early and I worked out with some of the athletes I coach. It was fun to be out there again training with others and enjoying the warm weather! It was during this week in Hawaii that I started to feel the my fitness and health was finally returning after heart surgery. During the week I regained motivation to exercise as I finally started to regain fitness and it didn't feel like a struggle!
Reece & I sharing one of our favorite family activities going to the water park. I'm amazed at how brave my little buddy can be! Now that he continues to grow like a weed, he's tall enough to go on the scariest slides in the park! He continues to keep Tristin & I on our toes and bring so much joy into our lives. Being a parent as most of you know isn't easy, but kids can literally touch our heart like nothing else.
Team Blaze bike training in Hawaii! We had some great rides, laughs and life memories!
It was during this week I started to think maybe I could try to do IM CDA 2011? I kept this thought to myself for about a month, yet continued to feel something pulling toward the white line at the end of the IM 140.6 mile journey. I realize some people will say Scott/Coach Scott, you're crazy you just had heart surgery in November, so wait for next year. Yes, I know but....
|Reece's Red Lion Soccer Team|
|Tobin, Suzanne & I @ Race for the Cure 5K|
Last weekend as we usually do, we tried to cram in family fun! Reece had always talked about wanting to go fishing, so we signed up for Kids Fishing Day through WA Fish & Game. As you can see by the photo Reece was super proud of his big catch! I think the Rainbow Trout was at least 16-18" and 5 lbs, which will provide great memories and conversation for years!
|(Norma my IM CDA 2011 race partner, Tristin & I )|
As I mentioned earlier in my blog post I've thought about participating in IM CDA 2011. Yes, I know some of you are thinking is Scott/Coach Scott crazy???? Well maybe..... however I was told last year I could never swim, bike and run again, so completing this IM for me is my way of saying life should be lived on our terms. For me this is another step in my life to feeling free to live and possibly inspire others along the way!
When you fill out a the IM race application they ask you serious of questions which really got me thinking about the "why?". So , here is my reasons for wanting to take on this 140.6 mile journey to the white line.
Significant Personal Achievements
Returning to full health and recovery after mitral valve replacement surgery in Nov. of 2010.
Why have you sought Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene entry?
In 2010, I was told I could never swim, bike or run again due to an initial diagnosis of an enlarged heart and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which fortunately was a misdiagnosis. I was however diagnosed with severe mitral valve prolapse and regurge. This required robotic heart surgery in Nov. of 2010 to replace my mitral valve with a mechanical St. Jude mitral valve and require that I take coumadin the rest of my life. The IM CDA 2011 will be about 6 months after surgery and reinforce to me that I'm living on my terms again. I want to inspire others to enjoy the journey through life, never give up and follow their dreams/passion for living! I feel blessed to be alive, healthy and inspire others to realize anything is possible!
Interesting facts about you
Father, husband, coach to 150 athletes 27 of which are racing IM CDA 2011!
Please share significant information relating to your Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene training or participation
I had heart surgery on Nov.15th 2010, so I began this IM journey with zero fitness when I got clearance to start exercising again in February. As I began to exercise I couldn't even lift my right above my shoulder and running 1 mile was tough as I had lost all fitness, although I had some tough days I always remained optimistic that if I took the right approach I could return. Over next three months I became inspired by all the athletes I coach and decided I wanted to support and share the journey with them. So, on June 26th I'll be out there completing the IM journey to reach the white line in the road.
It's been encouraging to see how the fitness has slowly come back as last year I was told to forget about my old life of endurance sports, which I refused to accept. I'm swimming as fast if not faster than before, although I've been really consistent and specific with swimming 3xweek. I really haven't biked that much 2x weekly (one interval/one longer aerobic ride), however two weeks ago I rode 60 windy miles averaging solid pace and HR. The running has FINALLY (test in patience) started to come around as I ran 6.5 mile @ 7:15 pace yesterday and recently ran 15 miles run @ 8 min. pace!
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho