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TCSD September Club Mtg /Babbittville presents Mike Ergo
Sep 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDTFree
Sunday, September 16 at FunctionSmart Physical Therapy
4:45 Setup/Food (Volunteers Needed – Just show up!)
5:15 pm Food/Social begins
6:00 – Meeting begins with Club Announcements followed by Interview/Q&A
The year was 2004 and Mike Ergo was in his second deployment to Iraq. He was an infantry team leader and during the second battle of Fallujah, the bloodiest battle of the Iraq War, Mike ended up with shrapnel in his neck but 29 others made the ultimate sacrifice.
When Ergo returned home, the guilt he felt for surviving while his friends did not, led him to drug and alcohol abuse. At one point his wife told him that he had to become clean and sober or she’d be leaving him.
The message was received loud and clear.
He stopped drinking on July 11, 2012 and eventually became a father of two and started working out again. Training became part of his therapy and eventually he found the amazing sport of triathlon. He decided to compete with the names of his fallen comrades on his racing kit.
Mike Ergo’s story was part of the 2017 NBC broadcast of the Ironman World Championship and we are excited that he will be joining us for a Q&A with Bob Babbitt for our Sunday September 16th Tri Club of San Diego meeting at Function Smart.
Bob will also have a limited number of his recently released book ‘The Complete Ironman’ on sale that evening.