Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Road to Ironman Cozumel

I have started this blog post at least five times in the past half hour...I have so much I want to say to Will before we head to Ironman Cozumel.  YET nothing comes out right or it doesn't come out at all because I'm afraid I might say the wrong thing.  We leave Friday morning and the event will take place on Sunday, December 1.

I'm almost giddy, like a kid on christmas day, just to simply be at the event but knowing my husband is racing in it...puts a whole different edge on it.  I'm hopeful, excited, confident in his ability and nervous all rolled into one...and those are my emotions...I can only imagine his!!  The only thing he has said this week is, "thinking of this event consumes me...consumes my entire day, every thought, every minute...I can barely think of anything else."

This morning I watched the special of the GoPro Ironman Championship in Kona.  I sat in amazement for 90 see pro-athletes pushing their bodies to the brink is absolutely incredible. But then to see everyone else...that really grabs your attention and it is SO inspiring.  What makes someone want to complete a 140.6 mile event?  I think for most people it is a sheer test of will. But in actuality, there's a story behind each one of those Ironman finishers!

What I'm asking today is that our friends & family post a message, prayer or even inspiring quote to Will on this BLOG in the comments section below...he doesn't check it often so I can show it to him Saturday night and let him read all the posts before the event.

If you want to track Will on Sunday you can by visiting the Ironman Athlete Tracker. His Bib #141.  I will also do my best to update facebook periodically throughout the day.  

Love & Thanks!

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  1. Will, I will be thinking of you on Sunday, with great admiration for what you are doing and all that you have accomplished so far. Love, Aunt Michele

    What lies behind us and what lies before us
    are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. A wise man was asked what was the most important thing on a tombstone, date of birth or date of death? He replied, the dash. What dash? The dash between the dates because it tells what a person did while living. Your dash will be filled with great accomplishments that truly make your family proud. Good Luck and God Bless. Love Dad.

  3. I will be thinking of you on Sunday when you are completing this event. You can do it! You have trained hard for this. When you are having a hard time, think about all your Honored Heroes...they can't stop treatment; they have to keep going. Fight for it and be strong.
    Go TEAM!!!
    Love, Allie

  4. Will, It is so incredible that you are going to be competing in an Ironman. I will be thinking of you on Sunday while you complete your event and I'm sure you're going to rock it out! Best of luck to you! ~ Shauna Stein :-)

  5. You are going to be amazing on Sunday. We will be thinking about you and sending good thoughts your way. Lots of love, The Strongs

    Hey buddy. Good luck buddy. See ya when ya get home, buddy. We'll grab a celebratory chipotle burrito when you get home, buddy.

  6. Hope you guys are doing well. Tell Will I am proud of what he is doing, and that I will be thinking of him. Hope to see you guys soon. Have a great trip and a happy Thanksgiving.

    Bo & Joyce

  7. Good luck Will! I'm super jealous and super in awe of you helping kick cancers ass again! I wanna grow up and be like the Bacons:)

  8. "Until you face your fears, you don't move to the other side, where you find the power." Mark Allen, Six Time Ironman Champion

    There is not a doubt in my mind Will, that you have the power, both the mental will and the physical ability, to finish the Ironman. Good luck, Godspeed, and Go Get It!

  9. “Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic. " Tim Noakes

    Thank you for letting me be a part of your Ironman journey. You've trained hard, now go enjoy every minute of your first Ironman.

  10. Good luck Will-You trained hard for this moment and I know you will Rock it! It is so awesome to me that you are doing this. Godspeed and may the force be with you!

  11. Good Luck Will!
    You are gonna rock this!
    Mike Czarnecki

  12. Hi Will - so proud of you! You are going to do an amazing job! Will be thinking of you and your family - be safe!


  13. Will, we have spent a good portion of the last two years running, riding and swimming across the miles. We’ve braved the heat, cold, rain, wind and snow. We’ve rearranged schedules to get our work in and yet still be there for the families. All of this for a great cause and one that is close to your heart. Now you’ve taken it to another level with not only the distance you are about to do but the people you are guiding as a coach. I’m very proud of you (and Dianna). You are a real “mench”. Good luck and have fun. First or last you have already won.


  14. Will, you got this! Trust your training got you to the event and will get you through the event. Trust that your family, friends, the cause, and the unknown person in the race or along side the road will get you to the finish line. And please remember to have fun!

    Karen Rutledge

  15. Hi Will!

    Here you are about to take on the challenge of a full Ironman Triathlon. What an incredible day this will be and what an accomplishment! It is certainly one few will ever dream of doing. Savor this special moment in your life and have a great time. It has been said:

    "There are no great people in this world, only great challenges, which ordinary people rise to meet."

    --- William Fredrick Halsey

    Will, we think you are extraordinary!

    God bless you!

    Bill Luisi

  16. Good luck Will We know you your strength and perseverance you will conquer the finish line. Stay focused! Much Love, Jeff and Joey Riss

  17. "To think you can, creates the force that can." You are going to nail this! Will be thinking of you this Sunday and cheering you on. I am in awe. Love and Hugs,

  18. Will the thrill Bacon -- you've GOT this! I have been so inspired by all your hard work. Shoot, I feel like I should have lost like 10 pounds just hearing about your crazy workouts! :). Best of luck from the Downen family!

  19. Good luck, Will Bacon! You have the heart of a lion and the courage of 100 men. You WILL BE an Ironman! ~ The Ponders

  20. The Echaniz family will be sending you positive thoughts and prayers for a successful race. Will, you GOT this, it will be hard, it will suck at times, you will need to DIG deep, and you WILL cross, you WILL accomplish your goal and it will be Amazing!!!!! ~ Enrique, Trish, Nicholas & Matthew Echaniz

  21. Good luck Will. Trust your training. Since you have "survived" the IM training for this, you will finish this. Saw the FB message from the race director about the swim practice conditions but that Sunday should be good. Remember to have fun - you paid hard earned money to someone to have fun :D.
    Tim Warriner

  22. Be strong, brother. You make a difference. God Speed.

    "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
    - Winston Churchill

  23. Lots of good wishes coming your way from Austin! We can't wait to hear about are totally AWESOME!! Good will do great! Love, the Vicks!

  24. William, You are a true gift to family, friends, and those you extend yourself to help. We thank the Lord for all you do. I am sure you will have some fun while away pushing yourself to such extremes, but the Lord will be with you and our prayers for your safety. Will try and follow on link Dianna sent. Good Luck!!!!!

  25. Dianna--We have been thinking of Will and your family over these Thanksgiving Holidays,we are in awe of your dedication and commitment to finding a cure for cancer! Lifting up Will to stay strong and complete the Iron Man competition in a great way. He may be finished at this point, if so we hope that he is resting and all of you are enjoying your time together. Looking forward to visiting with both of you when you return, we so admire your courageous stand for such a worthy cause for so many!

    With Great Admiration and Support--Steve and Lesa Hooker

  26. Will, you are an inspiration to so many!

    C.S. Lewis says "Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point."

    John Wayne says "Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway."

    Greg Garner says "give 'em Hell, man!"
    Wishing you all the best this weekend...enjoy every minute!

    xoxoxo - The Garners