I am going to start at the beginning. In 1991 Andrew was crossing the road (on foot) when he was hit by a car that was rushing to turn through a yellow light (that had turned red).
He was in bed for a year and really took to eating. Andrew made it back to work after 2 years. All this eating really packed on the pounds. He continued eating a lot even though he went back to work.
At his heaviest, Andrew weighed 325 lbs.
He joined Weight Watchers and lost 100 pounds over the course of a year. During this year he met Darcy. Darcy was an Ironman competitor. Darcy's love for the sport really inspired Andrew. He decided that he too was going to be an Ironman. Andrew met Les, a friend of Darcy's. Darcy and Les were training for Ironman USA. They took Andrew under his wings and guided him through all of the aspects of training. With the training and Weight Watchers, Andrew ended up losing over 150 pounds. With the help of his friends he achieved the confidence in his ability to complete such an event.
Andrew completed his first Ironman in 2004. He then went on to complete his 2nd Ironman in 2005. After which time, he thought he would take a "small break". That break has lasted 4 years. He reverted back to some of his old eating habits and put some weight on again. He's been stuck in a rut for the past while.... wanting to get fit but not finding the inspiration to start.
HERE IS MY EXCITING NEWS:::::
This past weekend Andrew, Darcy and Les have decided to do an Ironman together. They all signed up and got entry into Ironman Wisconsin 2010! Andrew now has the desire and the inspiration to change his lifestlye once again. Many thanks to Darcy and Les. He couldn't have made this step without your love and encouragement.
So next year I will be a blubbering mess as I see the "3 amigos" at the race start. It will be like it was 5 years ago. I can't imagine what it's going to be like when you cross the finish. Andrew I am so proud of you for making this decision. I will be here for you every step of the way.
Maybe one day I will compete in an Ironman with you????
Photo of me during my first marathon.
Just know that I'll kick your ass! :-)