by Jason Jaksetic

I feel honored that my dear friend (and wicked sick athlete) Mike Flarty, thought of me when he came across EpicMan.  It was a compliment of the highest degree that such an amazing event would bring my name to his mind as a possible entrant.

He suggestion to me was correct.  This race was what I have been waiting my whole life for.  The excitement I feel eclipses how I felt going into Kona 06.

Simply put:  Triple Ironman on Oahu, Hawaii on New Year’s Eve.

Done.  Done.  Done.  I had to register.  My imagination was blasted to pieces…I want this.  I want to race this race with everything I have.

And a race this difficult, this brutal, demands every molecule of your body devoted to the cause.  Or you will just go down in flames…

The Race Director

Due diligence was in order before undertaking such an investment of training, travel, and over-the-top dedication to a singular pursuit.  A journey that would define my entire 2011 and usher in my 2012.

I did what any information hungry citizen of this world does:  Google it.

The most prominent name that comes up when doing so is Jason Lester.  Briefly, he’s one Hell of a guy.

Take a gander at http://www.jasonplester.com/ !  You’ll find more than enough to freak out and demolish your perception of normality.  I’m just happy to have had the chance to have been introduced to Jason, let alone invited to one of his races.

He’s the first triathlete to get an ESPY.  (For the record, that was supposed to be me!  But if it has to go to someone else, he’s a pretty good guy for the honor.)

He’s done races like the Epic 5 (Five Ironman competitions in 5 days on 5 Hawaiian Island).  He’s insatiable and doing races I’m years away from attempting.

Oh, by the way, he’s racing with a disability, having no use of his one arm.  Epic man here.  Hence, more than qualified to put on the EpicMan.

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The Race

7.2 mile swim – 336 mile bike – 78.6 mile run.  And the clock keeps running.  Last time I checked Hawaii was hot and humid.  Think it still is.

Will be racing from December 30, 2011 to January 1, 2012.  Possibly the raddest race timing I’ve come across yet.

I once ran the Emerald Nuts Midnight 4 miler in Central Park on New Year’s Eve.  Don’t think it will compare.  (Tho a hellava fun race)

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The Foundation

EpicMan will be benefiting Never Stop Foundation.  There philosophy:

The NSF believes sports and the arts help to create a blueprint for life. We believe all youth will flourish with a foundation that teaches and reinforces the following values and beliefs:

Discipline–Success is an outcome of hard work
Structure
–Reaching goals takes strategy
Giving Back
–Every person has a unique gift or skill that they can use to make the world a better place
Strength of Character
–Losing can be the key to winning
Teamwork
–It takes a team to WIN!
Self Reliance
–The journey to achieving one’s potential is every child’s own EPIC adventure

A truly great cause and I hope to help contribute to their funds with my racing.  Being a musician growing up I know the values instilled that last a life time.  I feel a definitive connection with Jason Lester’s cause and am proud to contribute in whatever capacity I can.

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The Reason I’m Doing This Race

I have been away from multisport for too long.  After my meltdown at IM KY last year which resulted in an ambulance ride I’ve been trying to get my mojo back.  (The broken hip that led me to bike WAY too fast because I couldn’t run is healed and I’m ready to make my IM comeback).

The catch is:  I’ve done 6 Ironman Competitions.  It’s time to step up to the next challenge.  I know I’m not genetically predisposed to running a 9.15.00 Ironman.  But I sure can keep trucking.

The entire early season of 2011 has been about going long.  And with EpicMan I am going to put that to the ultimate test.

I have been inspired by this event.  It speaks to me in it’s scope.  It’s on the very periphery of what I feel is possible.  It’s very close to what I consider impossible.

But in my heart I don’t believe that.  I’ve got this.

That is, if I push myself every day, every hour till then.  There will be no more sleeping through 5am wake up calls.  There will be no excuses.  No pulling off the 100 degree track workout early.  No skipping the transition run after a 150 mile mountain ride.

There is only trained and untrained.  And it is my sincere promise to myself that I will show up trained.

I’ve scheduled two of the hardest races I could find as preparations.  ADK 540 and VA Double Ironman (More on these in another post).

It all adds up to EpicMan.  It all adds up to a chance at stepping up to a challenge that can break me…and the chance that I can walk away chin high, and knowing I did everything I could to break a race that is build to break everyone but the best.Ultra Endurance Athlete

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