Posted by: David D. Daggett | August 13, 2007

Hawaii 2006 – The Bigger Picture!

         Hawaii 2006 – The Bigger Picture!

*Click for Slideshow*

     The replay of the 2006 Hawaii Ironman World Championship was on TV last weekend. During the past week it seems I have been asked many times about my experience and “how did the race go?” Few remember that the BIG story of the week was the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit the Big Island of Hawaii just off the Kona Coast where the race is held.

     We were there. We were scared. There were several hundred million dollars (early estimates) of damages, and the race itself was in jeopardy. Some of the roads were impassable, and they were still working on them up to and during  the race:

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       The stores were a mess: 

 

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       ……..And some of the damage made you cry:  

 

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       So, the bigger picture is about the people of Hawaii. Unbelievably, some of the volunteers on the course had their houses destroyed, and yet to them “the race must go on.” The word that comes to mind is perseverance. It is a great word and a great lesson to learn from Ironman racing. But, on that one day in October last year the real lesson in perseverance came from the people in Hawaii. Their lesson to me and my family won’t be lost.

     Oh, and how did the race go? It went great! The photo in the title bar above with Cindy is literally 10 seconds after crossing the finish line. As long as I smile with my bride at the end of the day, it is a good day!

Full 2006 Hawaii Ironman slide show is available by clicking on the link on the side bar.

As we get caught up in what’s important to us, let’s remember the bigger picture,

David

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