And then I threw up on him

By the end of the official conference schedule, we were all exhausted. All I wanted to do was head back to my room and take a nap. I am glad I was talked into attending the closing session and hearing from Ironman Triathlete Jay Hewitt.

Ironman

Jay and I share a similar story.

No – not the athletic part – I prefer to supervise. Both Jay and I were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as adults and in both cases, doctors attribute part of our diagnosis to stress.

During the closing session, Jay shared part of his story and he tells it with such passion (and jazz hands as he demonstrates swimming) that we couldn’t help but tweet about it.

Some of my favorite tweets and quotes from the session –

“You have to make the bad thing that happened to you the best thing that ever happened to you”

“The ironman is so physically demanding it’s the smartest athlete that wins. Same with diabetes.”

“Failure is a part of success. It’s learning how to fail forward.”

“There is a fine line between courage and foolishness. Too bad it’s not a fence”

And his finally his description of his first triathlon picked up by Brian (@buzznotmycell) “apparently only after 123 miles will a triathlon begin to hurt. #ffl11”

Even with all the joking, his message was really inspiring. He was so close to saying “it” several times in his speech that I sent a quick tweet in Kim’s direction.

you can do this tweet

We tracked him down during the meet and greet after the session, and… you can read the rest of it on Kim’s blog [spoiler alert: you can watch his video there too].

Here’s a bit of his inspirational message during the closing session. Be sure to watch the last 30 seconds.

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