|05/07/2022||Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast|
|09/24/2022||Ironman 70.3 Augusta|
Panama City Beach, Florida | https://www.strava.com/athletes/jonathan_keech
|Primary Discipline(s)||Triathlon, Road Cycling / Criterium, Open Water Swimming, Road Running, Trail Running, Obstacle Racing, Duathlon, Yoga|
|Bucket List Race||Ironman Kona|
|Post-Race Drink||Sprite and orange juice mixed.|
|Off-Day Activity||There are no off days. I teach young minds for our future, lead from the front and give hope.|
When do you stop being a rookie? My 2021 season was a roller coaster ride to say the least. Haines 70.3 was hard-the ''M' swim then the bi-gillion turns and the run. Gulf Coast was not my finest hours then the Tulsa 140.6 my derailleur hanger sheared which led to a meeting with the ground. I carried the bike with my helmet on and shoes off for 4 miles uphill in the rain (can't make this stuff up). When I got course support he removed the derailleur and cut the chain leaving me to ride the remaining 30 miles in one gear. In that 30 miles I had collision with an athlete that stopped on the course. Again being ejected from the bike and a meeting with the ground. The hits kept on coming. I completed the bike course and while in transition was stopped. I was bleeding and had an obvious deformity in my shoulder. The medical staff would not let me continue and to the ER I went. It was a torn ACL in shoulder. Bummer!!! We rehabbed and got cleared to compete again. But wait...I was hired by a company to mentor Afghan pilot trainees. I had to defer Augusta 70.3 and FL 140.6 to 2022. We all know what happened with that disaster, so I came home. Now I train and teach, sometimes sleep. The point is or the bottom line, you may be down but you are only out if you let yourself be out. My goal is to inspire and persevere.
Never quit, remember why you are doing what you do. There is a passion and fire inside of us, let it burn. Expect more of yourself, you will be surprised what you can do when you get out of your way. I am now 45 years old; a 100% Disabled Veteran with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease AND I am in control of me...what's your excuse.
I do it ONE stroke, ONE revolution, ONE step at a time. That’s the way I live. That’s the way I handle anything and everything that is thrown my way. Follow my lead.
2022, another opportunity for great things to happen.