If you know me, then you probably know that I signed up for IronMan 2007, Lake Placid, NY to take place July 22. If you don’t know me, or didn’t know that, now you do.
IronMan triathlons are endurance events that require every athlete to challenge themselves to complete the following:
- Swim 3.8km (2.6 miles)
- Cycle 180km (112 miles)
- Run 42.2km (26.2 miles)
So, now you know why I’m scared. Every day brings me closer to July 22nd, and I worry that I’m just not going to make it. I started training for this last November (2006).
Why am I doing this?
I was inspired to do this when I went to IronMan Lake Placid 2005 to watch my brother compete. Honestly, I thought that watching a triathlon would be boring. I wondered why I was going to spend the whole day there (arrive at 5:15am, leave somewhere near midnight) when I’d only see him for about three minutes during the race. To the unitiated (i.e., me) it was a reasonable line of thinking.
At the end of the day (literally), it was one of the most exhilarating sporting events I’d ever been involved with. Ever. Those three minutes that I saw my brother were unreal. I was filled with pride, anticipation, inspiration and fear all at once. And right then and there is when both my wife and I decided that we wanted to start doing triathlons.
What this means
What it really means is that I’m spending a lot of time training, and I’m really not sure I’m doing enough. I’m supposed to be training anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours a day with one day off a week. But most of the time, I’m taking 3 or 4 days off a week because of other commitments, because of whatever. This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Correction: training for IronMan at the same time as running a business while travelling for conferences/training/consulting work, having three kids, with a wife who works full time and is also training for the same IronMan is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Let’s hear it!
I know this is stating the obvious, but words of encouragement are very much appreciated. Kathryn and I are filled with doubt about this every day, so every little bit helps… If you’re feeling really supportive and want to make the trip to Lake Placid, just let us know and we’ll get you setup with team Featherstone supporter t-shirts or something :)