Posts Tagged by Ironman

From the Bathroom to Kona

If you’ve been reading RAD for a while, you will know that I have Ulcerative Colitis.  It is something I used to be embarrassed to talk about, but since I’ve started running and competing in endurance events that is no longer the case.  As I’ve become more vocal about suffering from this disease, more and more people have seemed to come out of the woodwork who struggle with the same issues and I know there is nothing to be embarrassed about.

A few years ago my doctor told me that I should not compete in any long distance running events, but clearly I have proven them wrong.  Sometimes it’s hard…VERY hard to find the energy to train or even get through a short 2 mile run because of my UC, but I just take it one day at a time.

I wanted to share this video with you that I found recently by Grant Henry.  Grant shares his story, From the Bathroom to Kona, as part of the Kona Inspired contest.  Here competitors share what drives them to that starting line and why they are competing in the 2013 Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI.  Winners will receive entry into the 2013 Ironman World Championship, along with many other VIP perks.  Here’s Grant’s story…

From the Bathroom to Kona

Grant is raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and Team Challenge, an organization very dear to my heart.  Last year around this time I was also raising money for CCFA as I was getting ready to run the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon with Team Challenge, proving that UC can’t hold me back!

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So vote for Grant.  Let’s help him get to Kona a show that UC, Crohn’s and IBD aren’t death sentences, we can do anything!

The Avengers

Instead of going outside and enjoying this beautiful day, we went to the movies to see The Avengers! I’ve really been looking forward to seeing this movie. I enjoyed Captain America and Thor, but most of all I’m a HUGE Ironman fan! Not only were the Ironman films wildly entertaining, but it’s no secret that I have a serious crush on Robert Downey Jr. Ever since I first saw him in Natural Born Killers at least 15 years ago, I’ve been a fan. Maybe it’s the fast talking, egomaniacal characters he’s so good a portraying, or maybe it’s just his dark features…whatever it is, I will see anything he is in.

Ok enough RDJ (for now) and back to the Avengers. What a great movie! The general overview, without giving anything away, is that S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to harness the power of the the Tesseract, an otherworldly energy source, when it unexpectedly activates opening a portal to another universe. Loki, Thor’s exilled half brother, appears through the portal and steals the Tesseract in an attempt to take over Earth. Loki is too powerful for the ordinary human military, so S.H.I.E.L.D. put the Avenger Initiative into effect. This means putting together a band of misfit superheros: Ironman, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye (after a brief possession). The film is a great mix of action and humor. There are some fantastic laugh out loud moments to lighten the mood. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and given the fact that it’s almost earned $1 billion in a week, I think a lot of others have as well.

Disney’s acquisition of Marvel in late 2009 has proven to be a wise decision for the corporation. This film franchise has seriously taken off. It appeals to the adults who loved these characters in comic books and cartoons growing up, and it is also creating a new generation of fans in their kids. All of this success makes me wonder if we’ll be seeing more Marvel characters in the parks. The most recent addition has been the Avengers wrap on one of the monorails, which like it’s predecessor the Tronorail, has been nicknamed the Avengerail.

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While I really like this franchise and many of the Marvel characters, I’m not sure I feel that it fits in well at Disney Parks. Maybe because they are so widely represented at Universal’s Islands of Adventure down the street in Orlando. The only place I could see this working is in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Maybe they could finally put some good use to the Backlot area that has been sitting dead for years.

Have you seen The Avengers? Would you like to see more of a Marvel presence in the Disney Parks?