So a week or two ago, I wrote about the impact that Ironman Lake Placid had on me. How following 3 blogger buddies that day inspired me to go from maybe a half ironman one day to definitely doing a full 140.6. I also wrote about the conversation I had with my wife Julie about the sacrifice that she would no doubt have to endure and how doing 140.6 miles was something I had to do; that it was part of my evolution as a man; how it would contribute to the feeling that I can do anything I put my mind to; and how it would remind me that the 22 year old guy working down the hall can’t do anything I can’t do. All of these things are very important to me as a man. I’ve said this before, but as a former muscle head type dude, I’ve realized that life is no longer about how many people I can beat up. With the addition of another child, a good career and a supportive wife, it has become more about living long and making those years the best quality years they can be.
Anyway, you might remember that the timeline I set out for myself had me doing an Olympic tri this fall, September 10 to be exact, a 70.3 next fall, probably Ironman Pocono 70.3 and then hopefully a full 140.6 in the summer or fall of 2013. Then I began getting some support/pressure from some folks on twitter that I should quit messing around and do one sooner. All of the encouragement and support form those people meant a lot and I thought that maybe I’d give it a shot. Then, my Julie reminded me that in all likelihood, we’ll still be a little short on cash next year as she finishes up her masters degree and I start mine. And how could I forget that the year after that she wanted to have another baby. So in reality, I was looking more at 2014 for my Ironman.
Well, then I was looking at a friend’s race schedule and saw the ChesapeakeMan 140.6. This race has a significantly lower entrance fee that would most likely allow me to get my new bike and afford to race a full distance triathlon. Great right? Well I have some reservations about doing this race. The biggest and probably the most shallow is that this isn’t an Ironman branded event. While I have no problem doing such a race in the future, I can’t get an M Dot tattoo if I don’t do an Ironman branded event. I can’t hear Mike Reilly call me an Ironman etc etc. I know these are shallow reasons, but knowing that I’ll be struggling physically that day, I’d like to have as much of the other things go well for my first full 140.6.
I have a lot to think about and people with whom I need to talk this over and I really want to hear what you have to say. So please, add your two cents….
Thanks for reading.