Introduction to Life of a deaf Triathlete
Hi, my name’s Ian Grasmeder and I am a profoundly deaf runner who dabbles in triathlon as well.
I’d like to welcome you to my blog entitled “Life of a Deaf Triathlete”. Here’s a little background history of where I’m at……
I’m an ordinary 45 year old bloke who has a family to call his own – a lovely, supportive wife (even if she things I’m a bit nuts……!) And two sons aged 11 and 14 respectively….. whom both think I’m a bit bonkers doing the challenges I do just for the enjoyment of it. (They think I’m too old….!) By day I’m an accountant but by night my fun self comes out to play and I turn into an adrenaline junkie….!
It all started right back to 10 years ago when I was a little overweight and not in the best of health and nagged by my doctor about doing something with my diet and exercise regime….. just for a bit of peace and quiet I decided (rather tentatively) to start running as it seem the most logical thing to do at the time…… well, I was an active child and always running, riding, swimming or golfing.
My first run was a bit of a shocker…… I thought a 2 mile run would be a piece of cake. Come on seriously, 2 miles is easy was what I thought…… So, I laced up my trainers, donned a baggy tracksuit and headed out of the door hoping no-one will notice the mini-earthquake I was about to start….. 100m in, my heart was pounding like a hammer my legs turned to lead…… motivation waned so fast that I was happy to quit right there and then – right at the top of the road I lived on. I decided to persevere because that 100m told me how bad a shape my health was in. I’d never felt so unfit.
With that in mind, I pushed myself through two painful miles which took me 22 minutes to complete and I stopped at least 16 times. I was so pleased I managed to complete this meagre distance. OK, I walked some of it. There was no couch to 5km programs in place at the time so it was training off my own bat from past experience as well as consulting the internet and Runners World magazines for running information. I went in unsupported and without a club.
Well that’s the story of how it all began. I won’t bore you with the next 10 years but I do have something a little more interesting to share with you at this point in time. I’m running in the London Marathon on 22nd April 2018 and I’ve set up this blog to share this journey with my friends and family. I hope you will all take the time to share this exciting journey with me and support me along the way by whatever means you’re able to.
Here’s a picture of me in action at my second triathlon last year…..