You’ve got to check out Kyle Garlett’s website and learn more about his story. In brief, following the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and subsequent recurrences, new-onset leukemia and heart failure from chemotherapy necessitating heart transplant, Kyle became a triathlete and made an attempt at Ironman at the 2009 Ironman World Championships on Saturday.
From his website:
“Why Ironman? Why Kona? Why do something so hard?
Well, because I can. Because I shouldn’t be able to. Because for so long I couldn’t. Because there are so many that I know who never will. Because the scars on my chest, hip, and shoulder tell my story. They tell the story of my heart donor – a man who exited this world far too early, but in death left behind the most precious gift imaginable.
Because I can now finally scale this mountain. Because however big and challenging it may be, summiting this peak is no longer impossible. It really is this simple: because now I can.”
His story is inspiring to say the least. Read more about his race here.
I’ll be following Kyle in 2010 and wish him the best of luck.