A few months back I did a race called the Prospector Triathlon. It was an interesting race on the management side, with it being their first time having the race an all (let's just say the olympic distance swim magically turned into a 2-lap swim because they could figure out how to get the buoys to stay in place, and we started about 30 minutes late!). Anyways, during the awards ceremony, they announced the winner of the clydesdale category like this, "Eric Byrnes. Byrnesie? No way." Sure enough, standing right in front of me was Eric Byrnes. And he did in fact win the clydesdale category. When he accepted his most wonderful plaque, he took a moment to explain why he was there. He basically said that tri's had always interested him, and he got around to doing one a little while before the Prospector's Tri. Since his first tri, he was hooked. He also said that he had his sights set on other races, but didn't really say which ones.
Well, this article was the big announcement, I guess. Sure enough, Eric Byrnes is going to be racing Ironman Arizona this year. It will be his first Ironman distance race, and I'm sure he is going to do spectacular. Why? Here's just a few reasons:
- 35 years old (which is around the age of most pros)
- Former professional athlete
- RETIRED (at 35?! - must be nice!)
Which brings me to my next thought...is my goal for Ironman Arizona going to stay at finishing sub-12 hours, or is my new goal going to be to beat Eric Byrnes? Maybe I'll just track him down during the race and keep harassing him to give me autographs, which would definitely break him mentally during the race. It's pretty much like Chris McCormack breaking down his opponents mentally. Chances are, though, that he'll smoke me, so I should probably just stick with my original goal.