Wednesday, July 09, 2003
At the behest of Tony and Gayle Depoli I will file a little story about my youngest daughter Beth. Beth has been trying for the past few years to qualify for Ironman Hawaii (which is the world championship) on June 29th at Coeur D' Alene, Idaho. She made it! For those of you not familiar with the requirements to complete an Ironman (which this was), it begins at 7A.M., with a two and one half mile swim followed immediately by a one hundred fifteen mile bike ride followed by a twenty seven mile run.
Grueling as it is normally, the temperature did not cooperate. During her running phase--it was ninety five degrees! She and many others had to be assisted to the medical tent, where IV's were administered for dehydration. I was reluctant to post this out of respect to Tony and Paula for their great loss, however, I just felt that some of the CBS'ers that Beth knew would be plugging for her.
The object of Ironman is to FINISH. She beat her time of last year's event by sixteen minutes-her total time was eleven hours eleven minutes.
I am extremely proud of her, and I will be in Kona on Oct. 18th cheering her on.