First and foremost, I’m a dad who loves his son very much. I’m also a dad who has had no contact with his son for almost 5 years.
There’s always a story behind parental alienation. Our family’s storyline might sound familiar- addiction, a messy separation, some hurt feelings, and a lot of litigation. Suffice it to say, I had a part.
This is where the story gets a little more. . . interesting. As I walked away from an unwinnable legal battle, I was concerned that my son might come to believe that I walked away from him. It took some time and soul searching to find some way to make it clear that I’d never give up on him that would leave no room for doubt whatsoever. When I discovered that IRONMAN Cozumel 2018 would be held on his birthday, it seemed so obviously serendipitous. I signed up and started training. Iཞöŋɖąɖ was born.
On 11/18/2020 I finished that IRONMAN in a little under 12 hours. I’ve also finished a handful of half IRONMANs, IRONMAN Santa Rosa, ULTRAMAN Israel, and some of my own hand-rolled endurance challenges. At the same time, I’ve used the endurance I’ve built in these past few years as a platform to promote concepts that I believe are worth keeping in our thoughts- especially when things get difficult- like selfless love. Nowadays, I like to think of myself as more of an endurance artist or activist than an endurance athlete.
So who is Iཞöŋɖąɖ? Iཞöŋɖąɖ is a man who seeks the strength to supplant his resentment with love. Iཞöŋɖąɖ is a man who is ready to show the world how important a father is to children- starting with his own children. I am Iཞöŋɖąɖ. You are Iཞöŋɖąɖ. We are Iཞöŋɖąɖ.