My name is Kevin Neumann. You could say my life as an endurance athlete started all the way back in high school when I joined the cross country team as a freshman. After graduating, I continued to run on and off for the next couple of years. In 2005, I set out to run my first marathon, The Bayshore Marathon. Despite missing my goal of a sub-4 hour marathon and ending up injured I was hooked. Once I got over my initial injury, I began training for the 2007 Chicago Marathon. While I was better trained for this race, Mother Nature threw a curveball with record setting temperatures causing the race to be cancelled at the 22 mile mark. Thankfully, third time’s the charm and in April of 2008, I finally met my goal of a sub 4-hour marathon.
Later in 2008, armed with a 30 year old hand-me-down bike, I did my first triathlon, Tri Del Sol, a sprint triathlon. Just like after my first marathon, I was totally hooked. I followed up my first triathlon with 2 more sprint triathlons that season. In 2009, I completed both my first Olympic distance and half Ironman distance races. It was then that I started up this blog and set the goal of becoming an Ironman by the time I turned 30.
I spent my 2010 triathlon season focusing on the half Ironman distance while also keeping up my love for marathons. In each showing, I learned a lot about training and racing alike. At the end of the season, I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to volunteer and spectate the 2010 Ironman Wisconsin. Amazed and inspired by the entire weekend, I signed up for the following year.
On September 11th, 2011, at the age of 28, I accomplished my goal and became an Ironman at Ironman Wisconsin.
I have been, and continue to be, supported on this crazy journey by my best friend and wife Jennifer. At my side during many of my training days and all of my races, she has been my biggest supporter from the beginning.
While I may have accomplished my goal of becoming an Ironman by Thirty, the journey is far from over.