Meet Dr. Hauser, Ironman
I AM AN IRONMAN!
Ross Hauser, M.D.
Every ironman race around the world has the same announcer at
the end, proclaim "You Are An Ironman!" At 9:08 pm, western standard
time on June 27th, the words I longed to hear were proclaimed "Ross
Hauser You Are An Ironman!" Before this the announcer said number
1012 is Ross Hauser from Oak Park, he is a doctor and this is
his first ironman. Then 14 hours and eight minutes after I had
first jumped into Lake Coeur D'Alene I heard the words "Ross
Hauser You Are An Ironman!"
The ironman triathlon race consists of a 2.4 mile open water
swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, finishing up with a
26.2 mile run. Most athletes train for about a year putting
in 2-3 hours of exercise. So what compels the athletes to do
it? I, like a lot of athletes, came from a non-triathlon background.
I loved running, but when a stress fracture of my tibia, didn't
allow running for 3 months, I decided to learn to swim. Eventually
my friends also taught me to bike. Well, then I could swim,
bike, and run...a triathlete was born.
I had a unique opportunity to train with a good friend of mine Peter Blakemore.
We had one year together, as he was between college and medical school. We
decided to spend time together training and a many adventure we did have. We
ended up training in Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, Idaho, and St. Croix in
Virgin Islands. We had an awesome week that culminated in both of us finishing
our first Ironman.
What does it mean to be an Ironman? It means that on one day you can swim 2.4
miles, bike 112 miles and run a marathon. But when you get home you still have
to do the dishes and help with the laundry. It has given me no special privileges
except in my heart it has helped me get my passion back and passion can take
you a long way.
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