I actually did it... I can't believe I actually signed up to train for an Ironman!
Actually, I'm not kidding anyone... I know exactly why I signed up and why am I going to see this to the end in November of next year by crossing the finish line at IM Arizona. I want a challenge, I want to prove to myself that I can work mentally and physically through an Ironman.
2009 was a physical year... Train with Xavier at 24 hour, run the ocasional 5 or 10k with Debbie and then train with TNT to prove to myself that I could do triathlons. I did a Sprint (SVMB), an Olympic (Pacific Grove) and the bike/run portion of a 70.3 (Big Kahuna where the swim was canceled).
2010 was the year of change. I was originally going to do Big Kahuna again to prove to myself that I could do a full 70.3 distance event but life intervened and I ended up in Georgia, about an hour away from Atlanta.
The game turned from another exercise in physical endurance into one of mental toughness. I had to prove to myself that I was as passionate about triathlons and endurance sports when on my own and far away from all my friends in California than I was when I had a whole bunch of people pushing and motivating me to stick it out and not quit.
An Ironman race (2.4 miles swim, 112 miles cycle and 26.2 miles run) is, to me, the biggest expression of "I got to have lost a screw somewhere.... This is crazy!." 140.6 miles of effort and then a lifetime of bragging 🙂
But it goes beyond the bragging too. LLS and TNT are such a big part of my life that I can't really picture doing endurance sports without the team right now. It's a great way to meet people and to forge bonds that will stay with you long after you quit endurance sports. It is also a great way to answer the question: "Can I really do it?"