I’m making it blog post official

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,

Gotta run!


6 responses to “I’m making it blog post official

  1. I knew it!!! BTW, did you know that meditation helps athletes! Helps you be more focused, keeps your head in the game, pain relief, reduces anxiety etc. Just saying…4:00 Sundays. Hell you could bike here! LOL!!

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