Hong Weng (South Lyon, Michigan)
Hi, my name is Hong Weng. I live in South Lyon, MI. I was born and raised in Mainland China, but I have lived in MI 20+ years. I started running as a junior in high school. It was a great way to make new friends and improve my English. Since high school I have completed 40+ Marathons up to 100 km. I started doing triathlon five years ago, now I have completed four full Ironman and six half ironman distances.
Most memorable run or race:
Run: The Hong Kong 100k in 2016, it was ice and freezing rain in Hong Kong never in my wildest dreams that could happen. After running continuously for 22 hrs, only few miles left to the home stretch the trail was icy I could not run and had to sit on my butt to slide down the hills. Even coming from Michigan with all the winter running, I was almost defeated by the severe weather conditions...Luckily I finished the race under 24hrs with few minutes to spare. My goal was to finish under 24hrs.
Race: Ironman Mont Tremblant in 2017. It was a perfect day for racing and weather conditions. There were so many friends were there competing or spectating. They were cheering me on out on the course. I had a good swim, great bike split and awesome run and finished the race in 12:35:59. My goal was under 13 hours. That was a really awesome feeling to achieve my goal, I enjoyed every moment of it and love training :)
Favorite post-run beverage:
Chocolate milk, if available. Otherwise, water is good.
The song, mantra, or quote that you turn to when the run gets tough:
If I keep eating, I better keep running. Run to eat and enjoy life.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.