Go Big or Go Home. I love this phrase. It’s been a mantra that I’ve used a lot in recent years:
Example A: First race I ever signed up for and ran – 2002 Philadelphia Marathon. I didn’t see a need to run shorter distances – I wanted to run a marathon and believed I could with 3 months of training. Longest run was 16 miles. I finished in 3:54.
Example B: After falling during a trail race in 2009, my knee was acting up and decided to take a few weeks off from running. I signed up for my first bike “race” (more of a ride). It was 70 miles (including the ride to/from the start/finish). I trained for 3 weeks and finished smiling about 4 hours later (which included forced rest stops twice).
Probably not always the smartest decisions. But I’m a big believer that you can do anything you want – as long as you want it badly enough to put in the proper time and training. From when I was a little girl, whenever there was something I was unsure if I could do or accomplish, my mom always would ask me Why not you? Meaning that if others could do it, then what was stopping me from doing it? Was there a physical or mental limitation? She said it to make me realize that nothing was stopping me from doing it – except myself. She empowered me to believe in myself from a young age. I could do what I wanted and succeed if I believed in myself.
So when I was asked recently if I wanted to represent a company I love and be sponsored to do a race I’ve wanted to do for SO long, how could I say no?!?
In just under 6 months, despite never doing a triathlon before, I will be competing in my first IRONMAN!!!!
It is already on my countdown app:
The back story: I’ve been signed up for several before (2010 Syracuse 70.3 Ironman and 2012 NYC Ironman) but pregnancy has prevented me from doing them both times. I had already taken swim lessons and was swimming 3x/week in 2010 and was about a month into training this past January when found out I was (unexpectantly) pregnant. Scratching the triathlon itch was one of my Fitness Goals for 2013 – I had said in January that we couldn’t afford for me to do a full Ironman because of the costs associated with it…but I can now thanks to Got Chocolate Milk?
So what does this mean for my upcoming races/training? Nothing – at least initially. I plan to still continue with my goals/plans for the next few races. However, my training will change a bit – I will begin swim workouts next week (2x/week for a few weeks) and will start biking the week after (have to get mine tuned up). Thankfully, I have Coach Troy’s spinerval DVDs to get me into cycling shape (if you haven’t tried these DVDs, you are seriously missing out!) until the weather warms up! I will have a few 2/days for the next few months as I continue to focus on the NJ Marathon. My plan is to transition my long runs to Friday mornings and begin brick workouts on Sundays (long bike followed by shorter run). I’m also throwing around the idea of a half IM sometime in May to use as prep for fueling and pacing for the IM in July.
From everything I’ve read and heard, Lake Placid is considered one of the harder Ironman races because of the elevation changes in the bike and run:
But, it’s also considered one of the MOST spectator-friendly races which is great for my entire family (who I am already trying to coerce into coming with me)!!
I will keep you all updated on the news/training plan changes / sponsorship details as they become available!!
If you have any helpful tips or words of wisdom, please let me know!
Have you done an Ironman? Do you have any interest in doing one one day?