Help arrived 360 degrees for my race in Galveston, Texas.
Help comes in many forms, but on this occasion, help was much needed as I was searching for a place to lay my head prior to my race. I first reached out to Eddie who I served with and deployed with while at 1st Recon Bn. The only issue was that Eddie lives more than 1.5 hrs away. Eddie was quick to jump on the phone and start making contacts. One of his contacts is a case manager with the Semper Fi Fund who in turn, made contacts with one of her friends in Texas. Turns out he knew the right person to call, which was Phillip. Phillip is a local Marine Veteran who earned a Silver Star for his actions in Afghanistan with 3/5, and he knew the right person to call. This person graciously provided a hotel stay for my 70.3 Ironman. These actions played a crucial roll in my performance where I completed my race in 4:43. It was still great, as always, to see and hangout with Eddie.
In addition to the great logistical support, I had great moral support as well. A very close friend and fellow triathlete who is also a Purple Heart recipient while serving with 1st Cav Div, drove over 4 hours to help drive me and set up for my race. His name is Carlos and he is truly a blessing if you ever come across him. Carlos was wounded when an RPG hit his tourat during combat operations in Afghanistan. Carlos lost his left eye, half of his right hand, and other injuries. Carlos knows how important this mission I'm on is, because he himself knows the benefits of recovery thru sport and recreation that can lead to a better lifestyle and more productivity.
Lastly, I ran into a fellow Recon brother for the secont time during a race start. Last year was the first time I ran the Boston Marathon and I ran into Gabe. Gabe, another combat Marine Veteran from 1st Recon Bn who now serves with another unit, caught me off guard at the swim start of the Galveston 70.3 Ironman. Gabe and I will be running Boston here in a couple weeks again.