Good evening everyone! A few of you have called me a machine so I went with it for the title of my post tonight 🙂
A few weeks ago I had mentioned I was contemplating signing up for the Half Ironman in July. Since then I’ve been slowed down by my thoughts and feelings during my long training runs and biking. When you’re out there running 11 miles and the last 2-3 miles are getting to you mentally you (well I have) begin thinking ” And I want to run 13.1 miles after biking 56 miles?!”. I was thinking the same thing last week when I went on my 28 mile bike ride and it was getting to me. Of course 28 miles was quite the jump in training not to mention my bike had 2 bent rims! But still these long training days have been getting me to second guess my ability mentally to make it through 70.3 miles which would be anywhere from 6.5 to 8 hours.
So this is where I’m at on the HI decision: I’m not doing it…..unless I happen to have a good long bike ride or two. Until then what I am doing is training for the Olympic Triathlon. I haven’t paid my entry fee yet so I will train for the OLY for a few weeks and after that will either pay the entry for the Oly or wait a bit longer if I think I may be able to do the HI afterall. For those who don’t know the difference in the races, they are:
Half Ironman: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run…..total 70.3 miles
Olympic Tri: 0.93 mile swim, 24.85 mile bike, 6.2 mile run…total 31.98 miles
Needless to say I need to get cracking on the training. The swimming I’m going to start May 3rd and the biking I hope to start Monday. I bought a used road bike tonight so this is possible now after bending both rims on my old bike. This new bike seems to be quicker and a bit lighter so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it. The only problem may be the fact it might be a bit small for me. I’ll be happy if I can make it through the year with it. Next year I’ll worry about a better one when I decide how much triathlon and biking will be part of my life.
Although I woke up with my feet recovered from yesterday I still took the day off from exercise. Tomorrow’s training calls for a 4 mile hill run and then I’m crazily walking a tough golf course at noon. Going to be another tough day on the legs 🙂