Samson is now a Ironman.
This how it was reported by MLB.com.
In a time of 15 hours, 36 minutes, a drained but elated Samson finished the ultimate test of endurance.
As he was taking his final steps to achieving a remarkable physical feat, the race announcer beamed: "David Samson, you're the first president of a major sports team to cross the finish line in Kona. And you are an Ironman."
While all of the above is true and it is a feat I don't think I could have accomplished at any point in my life, I would've drown in the swimming part, he didn't exactly shine amongst the local South Floridians.
In fact he finished dead last.
Carol Hessell, who finished ahead of Samson, is a 53 year-old nurse who completed her seventh Ironman. Pretty impressive.
Anyway back to Samson, I should give him a break because not only couldn't I do it: he did it under very difficult circumstances.
Samson, 38, the first chief executive of a major U.S. sports franchise to attempt the 140.6-mile race, developed a painful case of the shingles a month ago, leading both his doctor and his wife Cindi to try to talk him out of competing
I have friends who have had shingles and that is one painful disease to contract.
So how did he celebrate his achievement after going through physical adversity and torturous training.
"I haven't had McDonald's in 15 months," said Samson, who trained regularly for more than a year to qualify
Ah, the celebration of champions.
There is one thing that most people do, when they make the distance for the first time.
Samson said by telephone: "I will not say if I have an Ironman tattoo."
In other words, Yes.
Words that have never been spoken at FishStripes and will probably never be spoken again but I will say them now: Congratulations Dave.