Thursday, January 26, 2012
Can I be an IRONMAN? No, REALLY?
Do I have to be a good marathoner to even think about doing an IRONMAN?
Is it crazy to think I need to be a good, fast runner to even go after an IRONMAN? Many triathletes seem to have come from running. And it seems that they are great runners with great times and they have ran numerous marathons. And...those are not my stats. I have only run 1 marathon...and it didn't go GREAT, but I did it.
Is that enough?
Who knows if I will really ever get to a FULL IRONMAN? It's would be pretty amazing to achieve a FULL. But I know I can do a half IRONMAN, with training. I really want to make it happen and do as well as possible. I feel like if I'm training for the other sports I will become a better runner as well...which will help. Maybe I should run another marathon? Maybe more halfs? What do you think?
If you read a blog long enough...it's amazing to see the transformation of the bloggers, friends around us! You get to know their story which is awesome as you see it unfold daily. Seeing where people have come from, where they are now and where they are going is so inspiring and encouraging. Some have progressively gotten faster the more marathons they have ran and are now training for an IRONMAN, others did average in a marathon but were really strong swimmers or bikers and got better with each sport as they trained for their IRONMAN and then there are the elites that are just insanely good...at all things!
Having ran numerous half marathons, 1 marathon and 1 sprint triathlon...not sure where I fall in there...well probably none. You are probably thinking to yourself... why is this crazy lady wanting to do an IRONMAN if she has only run 1 marathon? The only thing I can say is...I think it would be a pretty AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT/ACHIEVEMENT and WHY NOT, WHY CAN'T I? I have thought about running another marathon but then decided I would rather focus on a triathlon! Maybe an IRONMAN is too much? Maybe I won't ever do it? Maybe I will do a half and think...no way can I do a full IRONMAN? Or maybe I will do a half and be driven to do a full? Who knows?
I have no idea what the future holds or how I will feel once I train and complete my triathlons this summer. I'm not even going to guess. I'm assuming I will love it...more so at the finish line. I will train for what I can and push myself and enjoy the journey. I might only make it to a half? I might make it to a full!
Either way...it feels awesome to be moving towards something I have wanted to do for a long time. When the impossible becomes possible...the victory is sure to be sweet!
Something that keeps coming to my mind as I read peoples journey to an IRONMAN is that everyone who has done an IRONMAN...they had to start some where! They started and went after a goal...a dream! All I can do is try, set a goal and go after it...I can't worry about what I might not be able to do...or all the details that get in our way that try and stop us...
All I can do is start!
To Be continued...