So, I did something crazy a couple of days ago. Like, really, really crazy! It was something that I had been thinking about for a while, but when I finally hit the button to confirm my online registration on Sunday evening, I immediately had the thought of, “Holy s@*t, what the f*%k did I just get myself into?!?!” However, there is no going back now. The button has been pushed, the debit card has been charged, and now I just have to accept it and start training.
So what did I do, you ask? I did this:
Yep, I registered for the Half-Ironman race held in New Orleans in April 2015.
It’s a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bike ride, capped off by a 13.1 mile run, all together totaling 70.3 miles of “Have I lost My Mind?”
I’m not really sure why I feel so compelled to complete this race. I think I see it as a great finish to a challenging year, and a way of kind of showing the universe that when life gives me lemons, I’ll use them to flavor my water while I’m training. (Take that, Universe!)
Do I have any clue how to train for this? Not really. Do I have all the equipment I need? Definitely not. Am I going to have fun figuring it all out? Absolutely. For right now I have some running shoes, a pair of goggles, my single speed hybrid-bike, and my coach, Pepper. That should be enough to get me started, and I’ll figure everything else out as I go. For now I will be accepting donations of icy-hot, carbohydrates, and encouragement.
Stay tuned for updates on my training progress over the next few months, I’m looking forward to seeing where this crazy journey takes me. Yikes!