From the Washington Post
– Associated Press
Saturday, December 31, 2016
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – Tom Bogan’s childhood memory of nearly drowning in a Boulder pool scared him out of the water until about five years ago, when he committed to learning to swim.
“I remember distinctly breathing water in and out of my lungs,” he said of the experience.
The Boulder dentist and Longmont resident is now a two-time Ironman, who swims, runs, cycles and lifts weights up to 14 hours a week as training for his next races.
He was surprised to learn recently that he was the first of 10 Ironman Boulder 2017 entrants chosen at random to compete in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – a qualification-only race for a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run.
Ironman Boulder race director Dave Christen said he scheduled a root canal under a fake name to sneak his way into Bogan’s north Boulder office for the surprise, broadcasting it live on Facebook.
Watch Dave meet up with Dr. Bogan on FB live