Show more respect to Jack for trying


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I'm not sure I understand Richard Walstra's criticism of Jack Crowe's journey to complete an Ironman triathlon. [Show more respect for the Ironman, Jack, Viewpoints, Sept. 03]

According to Mr. Walstra, because Jack's path does not include shorter triathlons, he is "disrespectful to the sport." It seems to me Jack is working awfully hard on the way to this personal Everest of his. He has sought the advice and support of a number of experienced athletes, but most importantly, he is putting in the insane amount of training time it takes to achieve this lofty goal.

Who among us hasn't resolved in a moment of epiphany to do something positive? How many marathons are run each year by people who only a year earlier were sedentary and overweight? Are they being disrespectful to running? Sixteen years ago I went from a two-pack-a-day cigarette habit to nothing. Quit it cold turkey and never looked back.  Guess I'm dissing the whole cessation thing and all those people working at quitting it their own way.

Jack knows what's in store for him in
Madison, and he knows completing the Ironman is not a sure thing, but he is doing as much as he can to find his way to the finish line. So until I hear him talking trash about people competing in shorter triathlons, I'd say he is respecting the sport just fine.

Curt Warner

Oak Park


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