I'm going away for a weekend trip on Friday, to Arizona.
Those of you that are plugged into the triathlon community may already recognize the significance of a trip to Arizona this weekend.
I'm going there to enjoy some time in the sun, spend some time with friends, swim outdoors, run in a tanktop, volunteer at an Ironman...
And sign up for Ironman Arizona 2014.
Last night I had a minor panic about it it.
"I'm not ready to do an Ironman."
It's true. I'm really not. I've never run more then 25 km at a time. My longest bike rides are probably in the 100 km range. The lane swim times in my town often only last an hour, and I'm not a fast enough swimmer to get 4000 metres in that time. (Because let's be honest, I won't swim straight enough to keep it down to 3.9km).
Fact: I am not ready to do an Ironman
Fact: I am not doing an Ironman - yet.
See, the beauty of Ironman sign up is that you usually make the decision a year ahead of time. When I picture the reality of doing the 140.6 miles, it makes me feel incredibly overwhelmed. When I think about what I have to do this week, or this month, it's all doable steps. In fact, if there's a life lesson triathlon has taught me, it's to look at big projects as steps, rather then one overwhelming thing.
I've often had conversations with people that think a half marathon is a big deal. It's really not, I tell them. I honestly maintain that the hardest steps I ever took when it came to endurance was going from 0 to 5 km, rather then 5 to 20. After that, it was a matter of building on what I already had.
I'm not quite convinced an Ironman is the same. It's a whole lot longer then any race I've ever done before. Distance-wise, double. Mentally, I suspect it's more then double. I expect I'll learn a lot in the year I take to prepare.