Rochester, N.Y. - Six months ago, Aaron Halterman only dreamed of being called an Ironman.
"I watched TV or played video games. That was my exercise," says Halterman. "So when I first started it was actually for the stupidest reason. I actually just liked the name Iron Man." He quickly found out its a lot more than just a cool name. "It's a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike, followed by a marathon," says Halterman.
He started his training from the ground up just six months ago, with a hand-me-down bike, and his swimming experience included the doggie paddle. From in the swimming pool, to online, he's helping people get off the couch and chase their dreams. He's also written a blog documenting everything from setting the initial goal, to those final days of training. "That's the whole point of the blog," says Halterman. To help people realize, holy smokes, this guy is just some hayseed from Maine. He's nothing special. I can do an Ironman, too."
And while he's living out a dream, he's raising money for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the YMCA. "The YMCA is right in the middle of their 'Invest in Youth' campaign, which is great," says Halterman. "Any kind of an organization that's stepping into the community with the goal of helping that community become more socially responsible, that's fantastic." Halterman leaves on Tuesday, and the race is the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
To read his blog and donate to the NCMEC and YMCA, check out his website: