A couple of months ago I did something crazy…
I registered for my first Half Ironman.
Call it peer pressure… a moment of insanity… a new challenge… Call it what-ever. The credit card has been charged, the idea has been planted, and – come hell or high water – I will be swimming, cycling, and running my little heart out come September 25th.
Now that I’m officially registered, I’ve suddenly become uber-sensitive to all things half ironman related. The same thing happened when I registered for my first marathon. Back then I noticed every single marathon race tee, 26.2 sticker, runner on the road, etc. Now I notice every half ironman race tee, 70.3 sticker, ironman tattoo, and find myself googling ‘half ironman race recaps’ just to see what was going through other people’s minds as they completed their race. I’m obsessed.
When I registered I thought in the back of my mind “it’s months away, I have plenty of time to train and prepare myself.” The goal was to ‘pre-train‘ by re-introducing myself to the bike and water and begin officially training in May.
Well, guess what? It’s May! Time to start training.
err… time to start thinking about training. First, I need a plan!
Want to know a dirty little secret? I never properly trained for my first sprint triathlon ( I sort of winged it – DO NOT SUGGEST THIS!). I was training for my first marathon and the triathlon was just something to check off the list along the way. For my second – I trained and rocked it. But, for my olympic? I fell flat. I began training for Chicago and my ‘eyes on the prize’ mentality shifted focus to the larger race.
This time around I want to commit myself 100% to half ironman training. This means, no training for other races while training for the HIM, not favoring running over cycling or biking (I’m bad at doing this!), and sticking to a real training plan.
This is where I need your help. I need a plan!
I’ve found a couple of HIM training plans online, but if you’ve completed one yourself or have any advice, I would really appreciate it. I’m weak in both swimming and cycling and would love a plan that focuses on strengthening those two points. I also work best with plans that are laid out pretty clear in black and white. i.e. Tuesday: Run 3 miles, Cycle 12 miles, etc. Thursday: 1 brick, swim 250 meters. etc.
And if you know of any HIM recaps, please share! I’m obsessed with them lately. Talk about motivating!
I’ve also decided to officially commit to the local YMCA and join the Tampa Tri Team. If I’m going to succeed, I know I need the support from teammates to help me get there. I work best with training buddies and there are three or four other tri-team members who are also training for Augusta.
The best part of all? Augusta will be a family event. I’ll be virtually training with my sister and brother, who have also committed to the 70.3 distance in September. Better than completing this racing milestone by myself, I’ll be completing it with my best friends.
I’m pumped. I’m excited. I’m ready for this next adventure!
It’s a new challenge and I know I’m going to rock it.
Ready or not Augusta – the countdown has officially begun!