November 2012 Athlete of the Month
In 2004 Kirk MacDonald was an executive in a high stress job and weighed in at 248 pounds. An act of fate had him aligned with an endurance coach who helped him turn his life around. After losing 26 percent of his body fat, Kirk participated in his first sprint triathlon in May, 2005. Since then he has competed in numerous triathlons including 7 Ironman distance races while maintaining the same busy executive and family schedule. Then, life threw Kirk a curveball…. Soon after a race in 2011 he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his colon and has since spent the better part of his life being treated for a recurrence with chemotherapy. He has never missed a day of work or any family event and has continued his training (with reduced hours). His last treatment was in August and Kirk is now focused on complete recovery and his next IM race in Germany next summer.
IN HIS OWN WORDS: “My journey through treatment has changed my outlook on life including the feeling of incredible gratefulness for the benefits that come with being an endurance athlete.”