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Rest In Peace, Johnny Lewis O’Brien

This post is somewhat of a departure for me. I normally don’t post truly personal stuff, nor do I typically name names. This site is usually about racing or technology so if you’re here for one of those reasons, you might want to just skip this post. If you want a glimpse of the softer side of “Iron Mike” then read on.

Normally I would’ve posted my Peachtree Road Race report for 2010 by now, but I have been dealing with the loss of a dear friend. Johnny O’Brien whom I’d been friends with for over 15 years passed away not long after I crossed the finish line on Sunday. He’d been battling cancer, and appropriately and unknowingly I wore yellow on 7/4.

Johnny isn’t suffering any more, and tonight his friends gathered together to say goodbye and share laughter and tears. Johnny and I didn’t see eye to eye on everything and tonight he proved me wrong on one very big account. To Rachel – You have no idea how happy I am that you and your daughter were part of Johnny’s life. I was wrong.

Life is too short and precious to live it with regrets. I have to continue to be the best friend I can be to all whose lives I am in. We are all different people with different definitions of happy and as such we won’t always see things eye to eye. And that’s OK.

I miss you Johnny, and I’ll forever think of you when I pound the pavement or watch fireworks on the 4th of July.

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