Posted by: pursuingsub17 | August 5, 2009

I have the right to do an Ironman

I still have 11 days left before the marathon and I’m already thinking about next year’s 1/2 Ironman. For the entire training season I’ve been complaining about cramming all my training into four days – Thursday to Sunday. Occasionally I manage a work out on a Tuesday or Wednesday. I also fell off the triathlon wagon about a week after my 15K race so for a month, I haven’t hopped on the bike or went swimming. Why?

I’m still doing well I guess. My run times are good so I’m not going backwards. Am I lazy? I do know I’ve taken on too much and made too many promises to people to keep them happy. I guess I still could have fit a work out in before a barbeque or a lunch but I didn’t. That tells me something – there are going to be many noses out of joint next year when I start training for that 1/2 Ironman – 2011 will be worse when I’m training for a full.

I’ve been thinking that an email to friends and family after Christmas might be in order. I seem to get my point across better in writing. I’ll make the big announcement of my plans for the next two years, tell them how much time and commitment it’s going to take in terms of training, and that some sacrifices will have to be made. I’m not going to try and explain why I’m doing this. They won’t get it. They just need to know this is something that I’m doing for me. I guess if that means that they won’t support me or feel snubbed because I can’t be with them for some outing, then that’s the way it will have to be. If they don’t understand that I need to do something for myself for once, then maybe I shouldn’t have them in my life. I’m not 17 – I’m 41. It’s time to start living for me. I’ve lived half my life for others. I can’t do that for the remainder of my adult years or my life means nothing.

What I will do differently might have to wait until the marathon is over. But I know that I will be spending less time frolicking and booking up my social schedule and more time training, both mentally and physically. I have to. I want to. I want to become stronger – which will require strength training. I have to have a stronger core – ab work. I need to work on my balance and reduce the posibility of injury – yoga and stretching. I have to have endurance – which means longer runs and rides. I want to become faster.

Go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, drink less alcohol (taking on water hasn’t been a problem), and develop mental strength. I have to stay focused and block out the noise that distracts me. Most of all, when I’m feeling torn between friends and family comittments and training (hopefully with a team), I have to remind myself that guilt, alcohol or “good time Charlie” is not going to get me across the finish line – strength and determination will – even if I come across as self-indulgent or hurt some feelings.



  1. Good luck with your marathon on Sunday! I know you’ll do great. Looking forward to a post with the results. I’ll be thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way! – Heather

    • Thanks Heather! All the best with your training as well. I can’t believe the moment has arrived this quickly.

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