Last week I had to travel, while still training. Monday and Tuesday I was able to get some swimming in before wheels up at 10:30 a.m. The connecting flight was cancelled and re-routed, but I finally arrived at my destination where it rained three days straight. That gave me motivation to enjoy the treadmills at multiple hotels. After taking care of business and pounding out some miles, it was back to the airport. This time I had two good flights, but the third was delayed which turned a three-hour layover into a six-and-a-half hour layover. I arrived home at 3:00 a.m. …just in time to take care of our six-month-old as he woke to feed.
One thing I noticed was on my flight from San Francisco, Calif., to Newark, N.J. Usually you cruise around 30,000 feet with the sun shining up above any clouds. At the end of this flight, we had to circle the Newark airport and ended up flying at 5,700 feet. At this altitude with a light covering of snow, I could see things so clearly. The contours of the land—every lake, river and stream, how subdivisions and cities were laid out, even property lines—were easily distinguished. I never give these things a second thought on a daily basis, yet it quickly gave me a better understanding of the area at which we were about to arrive.
Feeding The Nations’ purpose is very similar to what happened on my flight. We don’t ever want to take people or countries to 30,000 feet, but we do want to help them get off the ground to gain a better perspective, receive encouragement and know that they can have hope. So many times after a hurricane, a tornado, a flood or an earthquake, people are stuck in the tragic circumstances that surround them. We want to come alongside them and help until the worst is over and they are able able to gain altitude in life on their own.
That is what my competing in this Ironman Triathlon is all about: helping people, so they can help themselves. I am amazed by the response already of the people who have chosen to join me in this attempt to raise $20,000. This amount will change lives of orphan children and refugee families around the world.
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