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Lancer races 140.6

Family, friends, and fellow Marines,


Last March I moved back to Quantico, VA for work.  For years I've been a runner, but with my new job I was able to find the time to train for races.  My first goal was run a marathon.  While training I quickly learned that not only do I have a love for distance running, but also cycling and swimming.  Making the transition to start racing triathlons was not an easy task, but multisport training is a blast.   After spending months of training and running a successful Marine Corps Marathon, I decided to go big.  I signed up to do one of the toughest endurance races, an iron distance triathlon.  On July 28th I will race the 140.6 mile Ironman Lake Placid triathlon.


For those who are unfamiliar with Ironman triathlon races, the Lake Placid race consists of a 2.4 mile open water swim, a 112 mile bike ride through the Adirondack mountains, followed by a full 26.2 mile marathon.  The race starts at 7am and lasts until midnight.  Each event has a cutoff time with a 17 hour total limit.  While I've already spent months training 2 to 3 times a day, spending hours in each sport... my training schedule has only just begun.  This week (Jan 21) begins my 26 week training plan ranging from 10 to 19 hours a week of swim, bike, and run training.  My shortest days will be around 1-2 hours, and my longest days will probably be between 8-10 hours of training.  All I have to do is not break or collapse.  Goal 1 - Finish.  Goal 2 - Don't break.  Goal 3 - break 12 hours.  I got this!


The reason that you are reading this is because when I was at mile 24 on the marathon this October, I finally caught up to a Marine wearing a Wounded Warrior Project logo t-shirt.  He was missing one leg.  It took me 24 miles of chasing this guy until I finally caught up to him!! (For those curious, I ran a 3:46).  I was more than impressed.  This wounded vet, and MANY others like him, came to compete in races like these through the WWP.  The VA is able to provide some essential services, but the money donated to WWP goes so much further.   After finishing the race and realizing how many people I saw racing for a cause, I started to ask around about Wounded Warrior Project.  All the wounded vets I talked to raved about WWP and how much better it was than the VA.  They provide resources to ensure both physical and mental health for veterans.  I truly believe in this organization and would feel remissed as a Marine if I didn't try to help raise money in support of those who gave so much more than me.   Please take a moment to read up on the Wounded Warrior Project and you will quickly understand why I am doing this.  This is the first time I have ever tried to raise money for a cause.  My goal is to raise $14,060.00.  That's $100 for every mile.  It's simple to donate, just follow the link below.  Anything helps.


Thanks for taking the time to visit this site, supporting Wounded Warriors, and for supporting my craziness of attempting this race.  Wish me luck!! I will post updates throughout my training.


Capt Gavin "Lancer" Miranda, USMC


For more information on the race:

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Motivating video -

***UPDATE 5/13/13***  Well, I am 4 months into training with 2 1/2 to go.  A hell of a lot has happened since then.  I have covered hundreds of miles, in almost 200 hours, in multiple states, on my bike, shoes, and in random pools.  I've gotten bronchitis, tendonitis, and gone through the motions of exhaustion and fatigue.  BUT... I am still on track with my plan.  I finished my first 1/2 Ironman race, 70.3 miles.  I did ok for a newbie.  I got smoked by a lot of people on the bike, but more than held my own on the swim and the run.  Going from a lifelong runner to a cyclist is way harder than I thought.  It really takes its toll on your legs after several hours and several hills.  Swimming in open water is quite the challenge too with lots of people kicking and waving all over, plus you can't see beneath you.  I am rethinking my goal of 12 hours and just concentrating on goal 1.. finishing.  The time really doesn't matter.  Especially with how new I am.  I will shoot for a goal time in my head, but it's not worth publicizing.  

In regards to my fundraising, I am so happy to everyone on this list who has supported me and this endeavor.  A lot of people have asked and I think it's important to mention... I get nothing for this.  It doesn't pay for my race, I'm not part of a team, and I don't see a penny of all that donated.  I am doing this 110% because I believe so strongly in the organization and the help it provides.  Another question people brought up is how much money this company makes from donations.  You can read about it on the site, but the money they make goes a long way.  The percentage of the donation to the troops might be smaller than some other wounded vet plans, but that money goes to publicity of WWP and things like Tough Mudder, etc.  What that does is spread the word about WWP and allow a much larger scale of donations to come in... which ultimately means a much larger amount to the wounded troops.  Every time I see a vet with a prosthetic limb and a WWP shirt in the gym, I talk to him.  They all believe in what I am doing, so I thank you again for believing in me.  More to follow...

Thanks for visiting my page!!!
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Participant in Ironman Lake Placid
PS Run/Walk/Bike/Swim
Location: Lake Placid, NY