Okay, here I go – here’s my big announcement. I’m quite terrified of saying this out loud (or in this case, typing it online) but I want to make it real and put it out there. Once it’s in the universe – it’s out there!
I have a goal. And my goal is to work my way up to doing Ironman in 2021!
YIKES! There it is… I said it!
Three years seems like a long time from now, yet it feels like it’s right around the corner. I have a lot to do in 3 little years. I have to learn to swim 2.4 miles. As of now, the longest I’ve swam is .5 miles and I cried uncontrollably before doing that. And let’s not forget I just learned how to swim in June and I’m still afraid of water!
I have to learn to bike 112 miles. Right now the longest I’ve ridden is 25 miles. Besides learning to go the distance I have to learn to do hills. And a lot of hills. And I have to learn to bike in a straight line and not crash. I do not want a repeat of the Great Poison Ivy Outbreak of 2017!
And I have to get back into running. Ever since my ultra in 2015, I’ve struggled with my running motivation. I need to get back to marathon distance. All I’ve done the past two years are half marathons and I’ve struggled with training for those because I had no desire to lace up my shoes.
And on top of all of this, I have to find a way to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles faster than I ever have before. As of now, I wouldn’t make the swim cutoff for Ironman. And if I do somehow manage to make the swim cutoff, I wouldn’t make the bike cutoff. I’m not going to go through Ironman training only to be stopped in transition because I didn’t make the cutoff time.
But why make my declaration now in 2018 if I don’t plan on competing until 2021? Well, because I need the motivation to train that much harder. To make that extra sacrifice and to be held accountable. I figure I can get through 2018 without changing my lifestyle and making too many sacrifices. But once 2019 rolls around, and if I do a Half Iron next year, it’s game on. I’ll be making a lot of sacrifices to get to that end goal in 2021 and I will need my family and friends to understand why I’m making these sacrifices.
So there you have it, I made it Blog Post Official (not to be confused with making it “Facebook Official”). And while a lot can happen in the next 3 years, if you know me at all – you know that once I make my mind up – I’m too stubborn to quit!
So join me on this crazy adventure – won’t you!? Because if nothing else, I’m sure training will make for some interesting blog posts.
Until next time,