Wednesday, September 19, 2007

City ironman completes his journey back

City ironman completes his journey back
The Guardian

Two years ago, Patrick Trainor was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system.
From the start, the Charlottetown native and ironman competitor was positive and upbeat, vowing to beat what he called his “little bug’’.
In a feature I was privileged to do with Trainor in September of 2006, he was determined to get back to where he was in the gruelling sport.
Guess what, he’s made it.
He will complete the journey back when he competes in the Ford Ironman world championship, Oct. 13, in Kona, Hawaii.
Trainor, a resident of Toronto, became the second Islander to qualify this year, following York Point native Jody Sanderson, who earned a spot off an eighth-place finish at Ironman U.S.A.
Trainor claimed his ticket to the worlds off a solid performance at Ironman Canada last month in B.C.
“In a way, it was the last step in putting the previous challenge behind me,’’ said Trainor in an e-mail from Toronto. “Very happy.’’
He completed the Canadian qualifier in 10 hours, 17 minutes and 32 seconds over the course covering 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run legs.
“I did the best I could, left nothing out on the course and finished an hour faster than my best time,’’ said Trainor.
After overcoming stomach pains with 12 miles to go, Trainor began a steady rebound.
“It is at that time, when the best part of the race started,’’ he said. “After the pain left, all I could think about is what great friends and what a wonderful family I have and how lucky I am.’’
He ran the final three-plus miles in under 21 minutes, enough to book passage to Kona.

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