After finishing the Olympic distance race last week a co-worker asked me what my ultimate distance goal was for triathlon. I told him I would like to do a half Ironman (aka 70.3) but that I don't know if I have the dedication it takes to do a full Ironman.
In case you aren't obsessed with triathlons like me, the typical race distances look like this:
- Sprint: .5 Mile Swim, 12 Mile Bike, 3.1 Mile Run
- Olympic: .9 Mile Swim, 24 Mile Bike, 6.2 Mile Run
- Half Ironman (aka 70.3): 1.2 Mile Swim, 56 Mile Bike, 13.1 Mile Run
- Full Ironman: 2.4 Mile Swim, 112 Mile Bike, 26.2 Mile Run
Well, less than two weeks after my first Olympic distance race and I've got my eyes set on a Half Ironman. I've heard you get sucked into triathlon. Always wanting to go faster, harder, longer. Well, it's true.
When I proposed a 70.3 to my husband he responded with, and I quote, "You are so freaking insane its not funny." He's probably right. I know I need to ease into it and get a solid base before moving up another distance (he said that too) but I still want it. I still want to push harder and longer. We decided we would revisit this after the half marathon in October, but we both agreed we should spend a full year at the Olympic distance before we move to the next distance.
I should also note that this is not the first time my husband has talked me off the ledge. In 2006 I decided I wanted to run a marathon for Team in Training. We even went to the informational meeting and after the meeting I was hooked in and even more convinced that I could do this! (those motivational speakers and tear inducing videos of cancer survivors running across the finish line really work!) I decided to overlook the fact that I had never run a race (not even a 5K), I had to raise an incredible amount of money, and there was no way in hell I could devote enough time to training between being a full-time student and working part-time. After a long
fight discussion he was able to get through to me and convince me what an insane idea this was and, as much as I hate to admit it, he was right. In the end we signed up for a charity 5K instead :)
But I'm older and wiser now so maybe I can judge my abilities better? I guess we will just have to wait in and see ;)