So what self-respecting, super-SLOW triathlete wouldn’t want to throw her hat in the ring for a full Ironman?
I feel like I’ve been on a steady journey towards the ULTIMATE triathlon. I have done every distance of tri up to a 70.3 race. Every time I train for a longer event… I think, wow, the next one is TWICE as long. The glory in going long-distance is that when you look back on the shorter races, they seem completely do-able. You have to remind yourself that when you were back training for “just a sprint” it seemed so hard! But every distance has its strategy. Now my strategy on shorter races is to go all out, where before, I was just looking at surviving!
Up until now, I have done all my training and planning myself. I have faithfully attended Team LUNA Chix workouts because they are great resources for athletes at any level. They also put on low-cost clinics that I’ve found very helpful and take all the advice to heart! I can honestly say that I’m jealous of people who have the resources for personal trainers and coaches. Sometimes it would be nice to have affirmation that I was doing things right (or wrong) or someone to push me just that much farther. Is it possible for me to become f-a-s-t-e-r?
I have carefully studied the different Ironman courses around me trying to pick one. I’m looking for something that I can succeed at. No one wants to spend a year training for something and 17 hours racing, only to not make the finish line in time. I know my nemesis are hills on the bike, so I’m looking for a flatter course. I’ve checked out the possibility of Ironman Canada (I’ve had several friends that have done that race…), Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Ironman St. George, Ironman Texas… what would it be?
I think I settled on Ironman Arizona. My mom lives in the area and I could stay with her. It would be comforting to be at my mom’s house and it would be a thrill to have my 72 year old mother see me cross the finish line. But since we are in the middle of a MAJOR house remodel that is taking all our spare pennies, not much has been left for entry fees. I really didn’t sign up for as many events as I would have last year. With the entry fee for a full Ironman at around $650 plus travel expenses… training… equipment, etc. I know that a full Ironman would need to wait until we were in better financial shape.
My husband and I were watching the Ironman World Championships on a lazy Saturday afternoon and a commercial with Hines Ward came on. Got Chocolate Milk is running a contest for two people to train and race a full Ironman with Hines. See… Hines has caught the triathlon bug, too. Well it isn’t just ANY triathlon he’s going to race through this contest. It’s the grand-po-bah of them all. Kona.
We watch Hines explain the contest. My husband says…“what is he saying?” And I SHUSH the man! Listen, holy crap, this is awesome! Do I want to train with world-class coaches and athletes…. y-yes… do I want to refuel with Chocolate Milk…. y-y-yes…. do I want to do it alongside a football legend like Hines Ward (he IS cute)? YES!
And right then and there my Ironman dreams came rushing back again. Part of the entry was recording a 3 minute video. (Now the worst thing in the world is recording yourself on a video, but I had written out a whole script.) I sent my family away so I could record it. And then when I went to edit it in my computer, I had accidentally deleted the ENTIRE video. Oh God. I was forced to record the whole thing again and edit it in the span of about 5 hours. I poured over and over that thing. First, because I had too much content (about 6 minutes) and then, because it was my first time using iMovie in a long time. But, at 3 am I finally had a finished product.
So hear it is, for all the world to see…. my little video made late at night after everyone was asleep…
What’s going to happen? I don’t know, but my fingers are crossed! It would be a crazy blessing to get this opportunity. And P.S. I can drink a LOT of Chocolate Milk.