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Team Hoyt

I'm sure this team is well known to many of you 'dyed in the wool' triathletes but I have only just seen it and along with millions of others I'm sure, was moved to tears and deeply humbled. What an inspiration they are to all of us who sometimes think training is just too hard and feel ready to give up when it starts to hurt and our comfort level is severely impaired.

Dick Hoyt epitomises the true meaning of ironman. We all know that ironman is a test of extreme endurance, strength and most of all mental tenacity, but I guess sometimes we forget exactly what those words mean until we watch you incredible people taking on the ultimate test, however that test manifests itself to you. Watching this video brings it all to life most particularly the dedication and single mindedness that gets you through something that us mere mortals can only dream about.

Team Hoyt, Cripplekid and ironmen everywhere I salute you



  • jonEjonE Posts: 1,113
    Very inspirational,most of Eurosports coverage from the WTC race in I think 2001 or 2002 was devoted to the Hoyts,also recommended is to type in Jon Blais or Blaisman into youtube and see what you get,some off us really do stand in the shadows of Giants.
  • Cheryl, I had read about them but this is the first time Ive seen that clip - very moving stuff. x
  • CPT333CPT333 Posts: 56
    Oh man ive just watched team hoyt and the blazeman. And ive spent the last two days questioning wether im even going to finish the 70.3 in june!, guess its time to man up and take advantage of what ive got. 8 weeks to go and i cant wait!
  • Team Hoyt are beyond amazing.

    I have read about them with great interest.

    I am going to take my little boy ( he's 14 months now) to a race one day and compete and finish.

    I doubt If I'll ever do an Ironman for various reasons ( the bigest being I don't think I'm that able) but I am going to do a 70.3 with him.

    You'd be amazed at how many places refuse to allow me to take him with me. I need to get hold of an specialist canoe, a specialist bike and a light chair with all the necesary restraints etc etc but I can't wait.

    Going back to the Hoyts. I can only imagine the effort and strength, both mental and physical needed to finish and ironman - then look at what Team Hoyt do. Staggering.

    Quite unbeliveable
  • CPT333CPT333 Posts: 56
    Go for it cripplekid, you and your little boy will do it, despite all this ridiculous 'well meaning' red tape that they apply to everything these days. Shame the authorities don't break lose and look at the bigger picture, instead of always worrying that they will be sued.

    You have a massive circle of friends here and I bet theres not one of us that wouldn't do everything we possibly can to help you acheive what you need to do. Together we can move mountains.......
  • Jack HughesJack Hughes Posts: 1,262
    cripplekid wrote:
    I doubt If I'll ever do an Ironman for various reasons ( the bigest being I don't think I'm that able) but I am going to do a 70.3 with him.

    Oh you can [:)]. Once you can get to OD, then anything further is just a question of slowing down and eating/drinking enough!

    I would be _so proud_ to be part of any event that had you two in it. Go for it!
  • pippip Posts: 170
    Probably the most moving and inspirational videos i`ve ever seen defo moved to tears and proud to say that.

    To cripplekid has your son got a disability?Im guessing so
  • jonEjonE Posts: 1,113
    To Cripplekid,you have my respect,and I am sure there would be a place on the start line in the 220 wave for you both.Red tape both sucks and blows,I hope to see you both featured in the magazine.
  • brizzichickbrizzichick Posts: 166
    Cheryl, like you I hadn't heard of the Hoyts but wow...how inspirational! it moved me to tears...never again will I say I can't do something...

    Cripplekid..you've got my support...

    Conehead...you're just a diamond...
  • My little boy has Cerebal palsy.

    He was 3 months prem - in hsp for just over 3 months, then found out he had CP.

    Came home various problems and infections and he stopped breathing in his cot. Anyway, after a little panic he ended up back in a London Hosp - and the news was bad The neuroligists told us he wouldn't survive and my wife and I made the decision that no parent should ever have to make to turn off his ventilator the next day.

    That day came and I felt physicaly sick at the thought of what was to come. Undescribable.

    One final MRI and CT of his brain and it showed potential for cognative ability so ethicaly we weren't allowed to let him go.

    He is an absolute gem and we love him. I can relate to the Hoyt's cos we were told to put him up for addoption when we had a definative and final diagnosis.

    There was no way on this f**king earth we would ever do that, never and we have never thought that we should have done it.

    He is as much a part of our family as his big sister and we couldn't survive without him.

    Me - I'm an normal bloke. MAried with 2 kids. My Mother in law challenged me to a sprint Tri last year and I was hooked. Did a couple and realy enjoy them.

    Signed up for some more sprints this year and I am going to the natonal emergency Services Triathlon in Nottingham in May with a work team ( All Paramedics - that's what my wife and I do).

    This forum is a great place to learn from and Conehead - I may well ask for some advice If I may. I am not super fit by any means but I won't stop until I've finished the race. I am very humbled by your offer and I thank you deeply. ( I may well send you an e mail soon for a little help and advice)

    Hopefuly I'l get my son out and in a race and I'd love it if any of you came and said hi.

    I'll be the one at the back!!!

    I have no shame in admitting I am welling up but there is no greater thing in the world that the way Mr Hoyt loves his son. I can just feel the exact same thing in me.

  • Right - I will graciously accept your offer Conehead. Done.

    I am very grateful
  • I'll check PM now.


  • jthetjthet Posts: 45
    cripplekid wrote:

    I'll be the one at the back!!!

    Cripplekid. No you won't be at the back because we will all be behind you cheering you on. The both of you can do it, let noone tell you otherwise...

    Conehead. Beautiful mate, simply beautiful.

  • Amazing stuff, saw it yesterday and wept unashamedly.

    @cheryl - just PMd you as I think we both found out about in the same place!

  • danny_sdanny_s Posts: 235
    Team Hoyt is doing their 1000th event today, the Boston Marathon.

    Anyone who's a running fan can watch the race live right now: http://www.universalsports.com/mediaPlayer/media.dbml?CLIP_ID=110201&_MODE_=EVENT&db_oem_id=23000

    Works for me in IE, but not in Firefox.

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