Just let that roll around in your head for a minute. Tenth attempt in 12 years.
Let's revisit those previous nine races in George's own words (slightly edited for PG-13 rating). For those who don't know, DNF stands for "did not finish" and PR for "personal record."
Ironman Mont Tremblant 2015: "Another relatively crappy year of run training, although better than 2014. Had hopes of going around 13 hours, but the day was incredibly hot and humid, and the bike course difficult. Still, best finish since coming back to Ironman in 13:57."
Ironman Wisconsin 2005: "DNF at start of second lap of run. Horribly hot, windy day that sucked. Cramps crushed me on the bike."
Ironman Wisconsin 2006: "First finish; 13:25 on a cool, rainy day. Never got above 60F, IIRC. Skinny people were shivering while they ran it go so cold on the run. Epic day."
Ironman Lake Placid 2007: "Ambulance ride to the med tent at mile 14 of the marathon when I couldn’t walk straight. 2 IVs later and I felt much better. Couldn’t believe I had another DNF."
Ironman Wisconsin 2008: "Great day; PR in 12:41."
Ironman Wisconsin 2009: "Had dreams of going sub-12, and went too hard on the bike too early to make it happen. PR’ed with a 12:36."
Ironman Wisconsin 2010: "Wheels came off at mile 14 of the marathon. Bad year of training; burned out on Ironman, and just didn’t have the mental fortitude to finish a race I should have finished. DNF."
Ironman Wisconsin 2013: "Back after a 2 year hiatus; older plus bad knees limited my run training; 14:05 finish."
Ironman Wisconsin 2014: "Complete crap year of run training; no running for month of July due to injury, longest training run was 5 miles all year. Just happy to finish with a 14:15."
So let's see what Ironman Wisconsin 2016 will bring. The weather looks to be ideal, with forecast calling for sunny skies, high of 75 degrees, and wind 5-10 mph. George is now in Sloth Mode. He tries to do nothing and keep off his feet the day before a race. Here he is, surrounded by electronic entertainment and definitely channeling his inner sloth.
Since he's slothing it, if you have any questions about Ironman, training, or general lunacy, please post them in the comments, and he'll try to answer them!