I have to admit, after completing my 1/2 Ironman, I was in a weird state of feeling very accomplished and proud of myself and yet a little lost, not knowing what would be next. A full Ironman has always been a goal in the back of my mind but my body has completely fallen apart on every marathon I have ever done, so could a FULL Ironman really be in my future? It took me 4 years of training -yes you read that right! - for me to get to the starting line of the 1/2 IM, which is probably one of the reasons I was prepared to grab my bike and run with it if I couldn't fix my flat! LOL! The 1st 1/2 I was registered for - I got injured a week out! So no starting line for that year. The next year I got sick with a really weird Mono type virus that completely knocked me out. The next year my best friend got married the weekend of the race. So finally after 4 years I made it to the starting line and more importantly the finish line! I actually think my parents were really worried about me after the race, because I am such a goal oriented person and I didn't have a solid goal in mind for after I finished the race. Did I want to return to my running roots and focus on trying to get to Boston? Did I want to stay with triathlons and work on getting faster in the Sprint and Olympic distances? Did I want to pursue the Full Ironman? Or did I want to pursue other personal goals?
So, What does that mean?? Well for those of you that don't know a FULL Ironman is 140.6 miles! A 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and finished off with a nice 26.2 mile run or a full marathon. Wait... what?? I signed up for that!? I've clearly lost my mind...
The race is officially 295 days, 6 hours, 56 mins, 30,29,28...seconds away! EEK! My training has already started and I've recruited the help of a coach to help guide me through the process and answer any questions I have but mainly to give me the confidence to get to that start line but more importantly the finish line!
I don't want to kill you all with training details but I do plan on updating once a week about how training is going, etc. So if you get bored with my IM posts - that's fine, just don't read my long boring posts! LOL!!