The Perfect ending to a great day
Congratulations to Pam and Louis DiGuiseppeCongratulations to Pam and Louis DiGuiseppe.
It was a bittersweet trip to Kona for Pam and Louis. Both had qualified for Kona and were looking forward to making their stamp on the Ironman in Hawaii. Once the race was over, they could then shift their focus to their upcoming wedding on the following Monday and the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa resort.
Unfortunately, about 10 days before heading over to Hawaii, Pam crashed on her bike and suffered a lot of road rash and a broken elbow (STRIKE 1). Being that Ironman was less than 2 weeks away, there was no way that she was going to be able to race. Louis was still racing so she would go to support him and of course to get ready for the wedding. Upon arriving in Kona, Louis would find out that he was suffering from a herniated disc in his neck. (STRIKE #2). Still hopeful that things might come around before race day, Louis sought out every kind of therapy possible but to no avail. By Wednesday before the Ironman, it was pretty clear that the race was not in the cards – even walking was extremely painful. Both Pam and Louis would instead be on the sidelines cheering all the participants as they went down Alii Drive.
While I am sure that it was difficult to watch the race knowing how badly they wanted to participate I think someone had bigger better things in mind for the two of them. So with 2 strikes against them, Louis and Pam hit a home run – they were able to focus on the wedding. There will be many more opportunities over the years for more Ironman Races but for most of us, Marriage is something that only takes place once in a lifetime. So congratulations to the lovely bride and groom and we wish them a long and healthy life together.