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On Sunday, October 9 I completed Ironman Louisville with three friends. We received tremendous support in Louisville from our wives, the people of Louisville, race day volunteers, and so many people back home. Completing an Ironman is not a one-day experience. We left for Louisville in two groups. Milatzes and Gruenhagens left on Thursday evening.30Read More
This last year has been quite a journey as we prepared for Ironman Louisville. We’d like to take some time to share some final thoughts and thank-you’s. The guys have afforded me (Mark) the opportunity to be the author of what all of us are feeling. I’m warning you, this will be a longer post30Read More
We’re in the final days before IM Louisville. While there is excitement, there is also a fair amount of doubt. Have I done enough? Will my body hold up? All of us have done hours upon hours of training, and many more hours of reading articles about training. Yet, there is still an uncertainty about30Read More
We are now officially one week away from the day we’ve been training all year to survive. The view from our vantage point offers a lot of perspective. As we look back, we can ponder the journey we’ve taken thus far. We’ve all experienced incredible milestones. Riding over 100 miles in one sitting, swimming 2.530Read More
Let me tell you about some Iron Women… Gail works full-time at the Michigan District Office. This fall she is also serving as assistant coach for the girls’ volleyball teams at Shepherd of the Lakes in Brighton. She is co-chair of the annual school auction, which is a huge labor of love. Because Mark isn’t30Read More
October 9 is just around the corner. Last night I watched the live video from the finish line at Ironman Chattanooga. I felt inspired watching the people. The emotions of the finishers were spread between raising arms in victory and nonchalantly walking across the finish line. If you want to see us cross the finish line in Louisville,30Read More
Psalm 140:6 "I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!"