Hi! My name is Ruth Payne (aka IronRudy) 🙂 Thanks for visiting! I have been doing endurance events for over 10 years and long distance triathlons specifically for 7 years. I realized a lifelong dream when I qualified to compete in the Ironman World Championship, in Kona, Hawai’i. The fulfillment of this dream happened when I crossed the finish line on October 14, 2017. Throughout this journey, I have found that training and racing has taught me a great deal about myself. I’ve learned characteristics that I love about myself and also the shadow side – the more challenging aspects of myself that I sometimes find myself wishing I didn’t possess. Training and racing brings me a great deal of life and I love sharing my experiences with others. I am excited to have a space to publish thoughts that arise through daily prayer and reflection. Thank you for joining me on this journey!