When Sloan started writing this blog, we both decided to be honest about this experience - from the bronchitis to the humility lesson on the mountain bike, I think he has actually stayed true to that! My turn! I have to admit, I have noticed that the closer we get to the Ironman, Sloan is getting more intense, focused and serious. Now, these are qualities I have always seen in Sloan - and they actually come in handy in his "day" job, but I am not a fan when "office Sloan" doesn't turn into happy, cute husband and dad on the way home from the hospital. I can tell that even though Tim's weekly workouts challenge Sloan, he has also really had to juggle his schedule to make it all work and that has produced a couple of moments where his "intensity" level gets him in trouble with his loving wife.
I have amazing friends and when I was explaining my frustration with Sloan's increased absence and mood, my good friend Joanna did what any friend would do: listened. After a couple nods, I really expected her to say to me - "he needs to lighten up." Nope. Her two word response to me was this: "finish strong." She was obviously 100% correct. We have been training for this race since October/November - it has been a blast watching him challenge himself and succeed. I am so proud of all that he has attempted and I do want all of us to in fact, finish strong.