posted 02-09-2004 07:03 AM
October 11, 2004 - Message from Shad Ireland
I am at it again. I will be making a splash in 2005 (no pun intended) I will once again make history because I will be, to my knowledge, the only chroniclly ill athlete competing at this level consistantly. I am planing on doing 4 Ironman races in 2005 plus several Olympic and sprint races!
2005 will be a year of achievement. I plan to be in Kona Oct 2005 competing in the world champiobnship.
I have updated my website with all of the 2005 race information. Please visit www.shadireland.com for more info.
August 9, 2004 - Shad Ireland has published his account of the Ironman competition he completed on July 25th. He became the first dialysis patient to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run of an Ironman triathlon. Race account from the Shad Ireland web site
July 28, 2004 - Shad Ireland of Minnesota has become the first kidney dialysis patient to ever compete in and complete an Ironman competition! He completed the Lake Placid Ironman on July 25th with a time of 16 hours, 25 minutes, and 10 seconds. He swam 2.4 miles, bicycled 112 miles, and ran 26.2 miles.
Here is a link to his race results: http://liveupdate.ironmanlive.com/ppv/athlete.php?rid=36&bib=445
February 9, 2004:
My name is Shad Ireland. I am going to be the first Kidney dialysis patient to ever compete in or complete an Ironman competition. My goal is to finish with a qualifying time so that I can race in the world championship at Kona Hawaii this year. I will be competing at Lake Placid on July 25th. I am an age grouper in the 30-34 age group. I am 31 years old and have been on kidney dialysis for 21 years.
I have a website, www.shadireland.com.
Personally, I have a list of things I want to achieve in my life; my personal philosophy is that any obstacle can be over come. I believe in turning obstacles into achievements. I have always wanted to do an Ironman, but never thought that I could because of my health. I have overcome much adversity to get to this point in my life, multiple surgeries, 2 failed kidney transplants and numerous hospitalizations.
I want to be able to inspire others, to give back, and make a difference. I remember when I started dialysis; I was 10 years old. I looked at everyone who was on dialysis and they were all really sick, I had no positive role model, no one to look to, I thought I was going to be sick like everyone else, I was scared. I want to encourage others to live life, to find strength in any adversity they encounter, to stand tall no matter the circumstance, I have a quote on my website,
An individual cannot know their truest ability until they are faced with great adversity. -Unknown
I believe this because I personally found it to be true (see my philosophy page on my website). The Ironman is more than just a race, it takes on a life of its own for each and every athlete, For me it has multiple meanings, It is a source of personal achievement and a standard by which I push myself. Its like climbing a mountain, when you get to the top you stop and take a deep breath, quietly taken by the moment as you survey where you are, how far you have come, and what you have just achieved. I will achieve my goal and qualify for Kona, and through my achievement I hope to encourage and inspire others.
For more information please check out my website, www.shadireland.com
[This message has been edited by Gary Peterson (edited 10-19-2004).]