35 Days & 35 Years…..My Path to Port Elizabeth – By Geoff Smithnn n n n 3/3/2017n nn n n n 4 Commentsn nn n Triathlon. My wife and I did our first triathlon as a team. She ran, we canoed, and I road my bike. The Great Race in St Albans Bay, Vermont. 5k run, 3k paddle, 12k bike. It’s a fixture on the July 4 weekend in northern Vermont. The year was 1982. The event was 2yrs old at the time. It’s still going strong. In October of that year, I watched Julie Moss crawl across the finish line of the Ironman Championships in Kona. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbWsQMabczM IF you haven’t watched this footage, you MUST. I was one of the millions who watched this on TV in 1982 broadcast on ABC by Wide World of Sports! 35 years ago. Needless to say, Triathlon caught my attention as did the Ironman idea. To say Ironman was a dream 35 years ago is not completely accurate. Frankly, I never thought I’d be this close to entering, let alone entertaining the finish of an Ironman. To think I’m 35 days out (as of last Sunday)……I always treated a full Ironman as a fantasy. Even after completing several half IMs, a full IM seemed out of the question.