The end of 2017 and start of 2018!

2017 saw some amazing things!  I completed seven events, with six considered by me to major events, all with improving times.  My presence on the internet rose considerably,  facilitated by my athletic achievement, making my story a source of inspiration to many more people, especially stroke survivors!

I would not have accomplished so much had it not been without so many people encouraging me.  Thank you for your kind gift of words!  It really means a lot to me!

For 2018, so far, I plan to enter the Boston Marathon (I got accepted!).  Additionally, I have put my name in for the lottery for Ironman World Championships (October, 2018).  I also have my eye in two Ironman 70.3: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (June) and Boulder, Colorado (August).  I will continue making local races, too, and long as it is affordable.

I also have been working on speaking topics.  As you can see from my interview, speaking is TOUGH!  Thank God for editing!

As always, if my story has touched your life, I would like invite to do make of donation.  All gifts are used for triathlon expenses.  You can go through GoFundMe or by sending me a check to Kevin Rhinehart, 531 Hahaione St., 12B, Honolulu, HI, 96825.  Contributions, both great and small, are greatly accepted!

Stroke Survivors CAN!
Kevin Rhinehart

If you see an error my in editing, please understand it goes along with my stroke.  Please let me know!

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Humbling Experience

A little before Thanksgiving, I received word that I had been accepted to participate in the Boston Marathon, a running race covering 26.2 miles.  Wow!  The number one marathon in the world, complete with strict time standards, with top marathoners from all the world… I was (and am) humbled to be chosen!

Back up a few years ago to late January 2012.  I had just suffered the serious stroke, taking away my ability to communicate and walk, a career which I loved, and hobbies.  I was just existing.  For a more detailed account, click here.

Then came Ironman.  I was thinking sprint or Olympic sized triathlon, maybe someday in the far off future a Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 run, a half marathon, 70.3 miles to complete it) by the time I started training in October 2015.  (For a full detail of events I’ve participated in, go here.)  I never would have dreamed I would go from being new to running to a Half Ironman under a year!

  • Sprint triathlon… ((Tri)ptophan Turkey Day Triathlon, Nov. 26, 2015).
  • Olympic triathlon… (Lavaman Triathlon, Apr. 10, 2016).
  • Half Ironman… (Hawaii 70.3 Ironman, Jun. 4, 2016).

On a whim, I decided to entered my name into the lottery for Hawaii residents for the World Championship Ironman, held in Kona, Hawaii.  Much to my surprise, I was one of the several people picked.  I never ridden that far on a bike and a marathon, oh, my.  Back in October 2015, I could not run continuously for one mile!  Maybe I bit off more than I could chew, so to speak.  Well, I was not fast, but I did it, humbled by it all, beating the 17 hour cut off time, barely!

  • World Championship Ironman… (Oct. 8, 2016)

Through Ironman, I had finished the marathon in sufficient amount of time to be eligible for the Boston Marathon in the Physically Challenged division.  I have never considered myself to be an athlete, and certainly not with the world’s top triathletes and marathoners!   And I still do not consider myself to a runner.  Fast I am not, but persistent and determined I am!

Why, you may ask?  I do it for stroke survivors.  There is stuff several times a day that reminds me I am not was I used be as far as stroke is concerned.  It is a hassle!  But for someone who thought my life was over, I have found a new life, one that is involved with helping stroke survivors rediscover life!  I found with my new life lots of support, too, from encouraging words to volunteers to gifts financially to sponsors, and more.  Again, I am humbled.

I never would have even considered a marathon if it were not without James “Kimo” Cuizon and TurboMed Orthotics.  Kimo introduced me to TurboMed for foot drop, a result of the stroke.  TurboMed was life changing.  I hope to participate with Kimo in the Boston Marathon, also a wearer of TurboMed (for a different reason other than stroke).

One more thing before I sign off.  Participating in the Boston Marathon and Ironman takes a considerate amount of money.  Registration fees, travel and lodging, training equipment, and so forth quickly adds up.  I invite you to join with me in making this all possible by giving through GoFundMe.  All gifts are appreciated, whether large or small!

So, Boston Marathon, here I come, humbled and grateful!

Stroke Survivors CAN!

KR