Thank you for all of the words of encouragement after signing up for Ironman Florida 2013! My siblings and I are BEYOND excited about this. We spent the whole ride home researching different training plans and thinking “are we really doing this?!” Yes, yes we are.
And, yes, signing up was our plan all along. After I ran Augusta last year I wrote a post called “What comes after 70.3?” where I state my intentions of doing a full 140.6 in 2013, I also mentioned the possibility of registering for the race after I signed up to volunteer last spring. Registering for the race yesterday has been the plan for over a year now, but it definitely feels more real now that I’ve signed the dotted line and handed my credit card over for the sizeable registration fee (full Ironman races are NOT cheap!).
Right now my plan is to keep my base for running, swimming, and cycling through the remainder of 2012 (I have two half marathons in the next couple of months and I plan to continue joining my swim team at the pool, as well as do some casual weekend rides), then start a concrete solid training plan in early 2013. There’s still more details to work through with training and finding a plan, but I’m ready to commit and can’t wait to share the journey!
On another note, I would say 9 out of 10 of the awesome folks that we volunteered with on Saturday were also volunteering for a guaranteed spot for 2013. The spirit and excitement that was running through our group before and after the finishers started coming in was unreal. Even if you were volunteering without any intention of registering for the race, it would be hard not to get caught up in everyone’s excitement and find yourself in line waiting to hand over your credit card too.
We drove home yesterday still on cloud nine. It’s probably a good thing we’re all race-aholics because that’s pretty much all we talked about – training, expectations, goals, etc. If you weren’t into triathlons, running, or training, I’m sure the car ride would have been very boring – but we loved it.
Road trip food:
- Brunch: omelet from First Watch
- Snacks: mixed nuts, tangerines, Peanut Butter Snickers, pear, Starbucks
- Linner: rice bowl from an Asian restaurant in Gainesville
We got back to my parents’ house around 8:00, then I hightailed it back to Tampa (fueled on Starbucks and Glee) with Maddie sleeping peacefully on the backseat (I owe Fido a big thank you bone for wearing her out).
Derek was actually on his Bachelor Party Cruise all weekend, so it was nice to see him and hear all about his wild weekend away. I missed him.
This morning I was up bright and early (yay for morning sunshine!) for CrossFit.
Today’s WOD started with a timed 400 and I was thrilled to be the first female across the finish line in 1:19! Now I just need to work on catching up to those guys who came in at 1:07 and 1:09 (wowza! they’re fast!). We have a quick group, so it was a great little race we had going! Then we moved on to barbell lunges, which KILLED me! I realized pretty quickly that my right leg is much stronger than my left leg, so while I could hit the goal reps on my right, I was struggling with my left. I need to work on balancing them out.
I managed to max out at 75 lbs (at 6 reps) and am darn proud of that number! The 44 was the number of pull ups (with band assistance!) and wall balls we could get in 5 minutes at a rotation of 20 seconds per move.
Breakfast came in the form of eggs and apple slices.
eggs with spinach
apple slices with almond butter
Yum. Yum. Yum.
This coming week is going to be crazy (I’m driving down to Miami this afternoon to help execute an event I’ve been assisting with planning for months now), but I’m ready for it!
How was your weekend? Any big plans for the week?