Thursday, August 6, 2009

Me, Myself, and Ironman

Hi. My name is Joe Skelly and I want to be an IRONMAN. Yes, easier said than done, I know...considering that my greatest athletic feat to date is winning the Lehigh Valley Wheelmen's annual DONUT DERBY 2x in a row. Really. Check this out: watch! Now, to defend myself a bit, it takes quite a bit of technique and stamina to win this event. After all, its not that easy to ride 36 miles AND house 28 donuts in less than 2:15. What? Yes, of course I realize that none of this will matter during my training for the IRONMAN USA race in Lake Placid, NY next summer. (Unless, of course, we can substitute the 28 donuts for the "other" 76 miles of hilly terrain) I seriously doubt that, though.

So, I'm in. I went to the 2009 race as a volunteer. I saw a friend of mine accomplish his dream of becoming an Ironman. It was an amazing experience, and definitely one that I think everyone should see at some point in their life. The things you see in that last hour alone are worth the trip.

So...I used my volunteer T-shirt to get me into the preferred registration line for the 2010 event...I paid my $550 registration fee...and I began my journey towards this dream of mine.

My goal is only to finish. Anything more is gravy. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me. But...I THINK I'm ready.


  1. Joe you are awesome! Ray and I are planning to be there to watch you cross the line! Looking forward to following your journey.

  2. Thanks, Tina! I will need all the help I can get, I'm sure.