This afternoon I have to give the unfortunate news that I will not be starting Ironman Texas this year. Last Sunday I was diagnosed with pneumonia. If this had been any other race, I would have withdrawn that moment, but this race has, and does, mean so much to me. With that in mind, I wanted to wait until the last possible moment to make a final decision.
After a final examination from my physician this afternoon, I feel the risk to my health is too great to make the start tomorrow. I was driven all week by my emotions, but I had to set that aside when making this final, difficult decision.
Thank you to my family, sponsors and The Woodlands community for providing so much help and support while preparing for this special race.
Good luck to everyone racing tomorrow; I will be joining you again next year.