I finally did it. Two days ago, as the snow was falling and all was calm, I pushed that little yellow “confirm” button that will allow me to conquer 140.6 miles and 11+ hours of swim bike run epicness. That’s right, I just registered for my first FULL Ironman!!!
I’ve known for some time that I was going to register for Ironman Canada in Whistler B.C., but I did not want to officially commit until my marathons and recovery weeks were finished. I personally like to live in the moment of one race at a time, and wanted to put my heart and energy into the Portland Marathon and California International Marathon before focusing on 2015. I knew that as soon as I invested the $600+ into the Ironman, there would be no down time or time to waste. Now, it’s officially go time.
A few years ago I remember turning on the TV and randomly watching the Ironman World Championships in a hotel room while on vacation. I literally sat on the edge of the bed, square and center a few feet away from the TV, and witnessed pure marvelousness on the screen in front of me. I watched athletes battle the swim, endure the long windy bike course, and push through 26 miles of heat and pavement, crossing a finish line like no other. It was my first real exposure to triathlon, and you would have thought I was racing that day seeing as how I was crying so much. Any sport that can trigger that kind of emotion from an ignorant girl sitting in her hotel room had to be utterly spectacular. I turned to Justin and said that’s going to be me some day.
I wasn’t planning on doing an Ironman so quickly after discovering the sport, as my journey into triathlon has really only just begun. However, after completing two half Ironmans and an Olympic triathlon this past summer, as well as a few duathlons, I was overcome with the urge. I’m guessing I am not the only one to experience such a quick change of heart? As someone who thrives off challenge and goals, I knew I wanted to step it up. Why not me? Why not 2015? I have a fantastic coach, supportive husband and family, and flexible schedule. For me, these factors are essential to smart training and crossing the finish line in a time I desire.
This past year I also met and followed the journey of some remarkable women, all of whom crossed the Ironman finish line in 2014. Erin, Kristin, Kecia, Katie, Leslie, Meghan, Lee, and Nicole you all have been a huge inspiration to me and have made my decision to do an Ironman this year a little less intimidating. I saw the grit, hard work, and joy that each of you experienced along your journeys and knew that my heart wanted to be a part of that. A piece of each of you will be with me as I train for my first!
What does this Ironman mean to me? Self discovery. I want to enjoy and appreciate the process of training day in and day out, and learn as much as I can about myself along the way. I want to experience highs, lows, aches, pains, pleasure, misery, excitement, and fun. All of these emotions and experiences will no doubt make me a stronger, more humble woman. I want to inspire others, even if just one person, to chase after dreams that are important and feasible. In my opinion, as long as time exists, anything is possible.
My heart, my soul, my energy will be poured into training for this event. I want to show up on race day morning knowing that I did everything I could to set myself up for a successful, solid race. I know the workouts will be demanding each week and will only continue to require more of my time and commitment leading up to the race. Sacrifices will need to be made. My goal will always be to stick to the plan. No complaining. No doubting. Just → Get. It. Done.
Along with Ironman Canada, I have signed up for Ironman 70.3 St. George, Ironman 70.3 Victoria, and will likely register for the Pacific Crest Olympic triathlon and Ironman 70.3 Tahoe. My racing schedule is pretty set in stone until Canada, and then I will reevaluate thereafter.
Yes, I will be documenting this entire journey. Writing and sharing weekly recaps of my training and learning experiences allows me to reflect, grow, and gain new perspectives. I am also hoping to blog more about nutrition, the psychology of training for endurance events, relationships, and balance.
Other Hopes and Goals for 2015
Learn Spanish // My husband will probably laugh because I’ve been vowing to do this since he has known me, but I definitely want to learn a little more than hola, gracias, and cerveza before our trip to Mexico in May.
Travel and Explore as Much as Possible // This is always at the top of my list every year. I love to travel. We’ve got several trips on our agenda this year, so there will always be something to look forward to.
More Strength and Core Workouts // Twice a week. That is the goal. Along with this it means that I will also have to practice patience, as I have none when it comes to these types of activities.
Volunteer // Again, this is something I have been saying I am going to do but have yet to follow through with. This year I am going to look into Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girls on the Run. Maybe the Humane Society, but I know I’ll want to adopt all the animals. There is no reason I should not be volunteering more.
Do More Photography // Taking pictures is one of my favorite hobbies, as many of you can probably tell.
Blog // I love my little space among the Internets. Blogging has allowed me to open up and connect with people I would have never met otherwise. I want to continue to blog and connect more this next year.
Take Risks // In 2014 I definitely took more risks and stepped out of my comfort zone, which felt great and gave me opportunities I would not have had otherwise. I want to continue to branch out and take chances.
Live in the Present // I tend to be a very future minded individual, always thinking ahead to the next big moment or event. This is fine when it comes to training and planning out my schedule, but I also need to relax a little and be more spontaneous.
Cheers to new adventures and challenges in 2015!!!
What are your hopes or goals for 2015?
How will you be stepping outside of your comfort zone?