The Ironman Journey

The Birth of a Really Big Dream



I Used to Resist A Triathlon

And then on May 27th, 2020, I realized that this was the perfect time to begin training for one.

What if you resisted something for the last ten years, and then one day you didn’t.  You read an interview about a local runner who was featured on your running club’s page.  She talked about one of her greatest accomplishments being an Ironman she had completed. And something inside you said, “That’s it.  The Ironman.  That’s exactly what I want to do.  That is what I will do.  I will be an Ironman”.

When I think about the Ironman I get scared and excited in the same breath. My friend Kayla says that means the goal is big enough!

I Had to Look Up the Distances an Ironman Included

Much like I had done with the marathon 20 years ago, I had to first look up what an Ironman included.  A 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike as well as a marathon make up the full Ironman Distance.

As a 30 time marathon and 2 time ultra marathon runner, I have to admit two parts of the event scare me to death.   I can swim well, but have not made a regular practice of swimming in the open water, or doing regular lap swimming.  I feel confident in my ability to swim, but have not given much attention to detail when it comes to strokes or breathing.  And biking.  I will be riding a bike for 6 hours!!!! That feels crazy! But yet, something about it felt completely right.  I needed to do this.

The Excitement is Overwhelming

Shortly after my husband came home, I told him about my new dream, and I said, “So I want to do an Ironman.  Do you think I can?”  As someone who was familiar with the    distance, and a cyclist and runner himself, he said, “Really, you do?  And followed it without hesitation by saying, “Yeah, I think you can do it”.

I talked to a few other close runner friends who all agreed that I could complete one. My running friend Marvin, who had previously completed the 100 Mile week challenge with me, as well as encouraged me to test my limits with an ultra marathon said, “It’s not really my kind of thing, but yes, without a doubt you could do this”.

My Timeline

The unknown of this year’s racing schedule means 2020 can be used for building strength and experience. I have a lot to learn and need to work really hard at building a base.

I need to learn more skills as a swimmer and need to spend time on the bike. I will also need to experience a sprint, Olympic and Half Ironman distance before taking on the Ironman.

Likewise, I will continue to train and work on my marathon time and endurance.

I have a feeling the Road to Boston is paved with an Ironman or maybe the Road to Boston is complete with and Ironman at the end. My rough timeline for the Ironman is 2023.

June 10, 2020

I took on my first bike challenge.  My friend Angela suggested the Garmin Challenge which is linked to my watch.  So, I am going to work at completing 62 miles this week.  My goal for June is 100, but I think I want to do more than that.  Biking is the perfect thing to pair with running, especially in the summer.  I am working through the Hansen’s training plan to increase my speed and get faster as a runner.

I Bought a subscription to the triathlon magazine, and am going to order a book and Generation UCan this week from Amazon.

Generation UCan

I have started biking regularity and am incorporating that in my training. It’s a great cross training workout with running and I feel stronger.

My First Swim

I did it!

June 29, 2020

I began the Tour De France!

I am racing each stage of the Tour in mileage.  It might take me a very long to complete over 2000 miles, but it will be fun to organize my cycling goals into 21 stages.  I am currently on stage one, but hope to finish the first five stages by the end of August.

August 9, 2020

Stage 2 of the Tour De France is Complete!

Today I finished stage 2, which includes 116 miles.  Tomorrow I begin stage 3, which has 123.03 miles.  The goal for finishing the tour is June 30, 2021.

February 12, 2020

I am not sure when my first triathlon will be.  But, I do know that I have progressed in my journey.  We got a bike trainer for Christmas, so I am biking on a regular basis as cross training!  It is an awesome way to get my extra miles in.  My goal for 2021 is to have over 4,000 miles combined of running and biking.  Right now it is about half way through the month and I am at 105 miles of biking.  

My son also started swimming for the high school.   I have a feeling that this will help me in my swimming goals.  I also have a few resources to check out.  I am ready to work on my swimming.