|Love this, an official race photo. I am going|
to buy it.
I'm not 100 percent sold on doing a full ironman (and if I decide, I don't know if I'm going to go with the capital I version). We'll get to the pros and cons of it in a minute. But for planning purposes, I'm going to assume I'm doing it, and I can always back down to the half later.
I'm a goal oriented person, always looking ahead, so I've just written out the following three goals for the remainder of the winter. Likely I'll take a break this winter from excessive cardio to weight train, as I did last winter.
- Improve my cycling and swimming to condition for a full ironman in Sept. 2014.
- Complete the Highlander Cycle Tour and the Wine Glass Marathon with no concrete time goal (under 5 hours in the marathon would be nice). Do the summer sizzler formula 1 and maybe another Olympic.
- Bike around all 11 Finger Lakes. (I might knock out Conesus or Honeoye this week)
To round out the year I'm doing the Summer Sizzler Formula 1 triathlon Aug. 10. You go shorter distances, then you do it twice! 400 meter swim, 17K bike, 3K run, 400 meter swim, 17K bike, 3K run. I'm hoping for another late-year olympic distance, and possibly a relay or two where I will be the swimmer.
I've decided to take the marathon easy. At some point I'll try and crush my PR of 4 hours 13 minutes, but now isn't the time.
On to the big question:
WILL I DO A FULL IRONMAN NEXT YEAR?
I've fantasized about it. If I do, my preferred race would be Ironman Mont Tremblant near Montreal (my first international race!) I don't know if I want to do a name-brand Ironman, which are more expensive, or just an ironman distance race. If I go for the latter, my preference would be REV-3 Cedar Point, a little cheaper and not too far from my parents.
It's a big commitment. So let's do a pros and cons list.
PRO: I'm young and childless. If I want to do something like this, now is the time.
CON: I have a full-time job, teach classes, have two dogs and an apartment to keep up. I got really worn down with half training.
PRO: Half training was totally worth it in the end. In looking at full schedules, it's not that much more, except for the weekend days. Plus it's only a few months. Looking back, training for Musselman just flew by.
CON: It's expensive. Crazy crazy expensive. We're talking $500+ just for the registration fee, then travel!
PRO: I'm thinking about it now, so could save for it. There are also other races, everyone mentions the HITS series, that are cheaper.
CON: I might only do one of these in my life, and maybe I would want that one to be a name-brand Ironman (the only logo I'd ever tattoo on myself, upon completion, of course.)
PRO: My support system is amazing and if I take the plunge I know people will have my back.
CON: While the equipment I have got me through the half, I love Flower but she still is just an entry level road bike.
PRO: It would be a huge accomplishment and one that I'd always have with me.
CON: Looks like there's a 17-hour cutoff. That means I'm thinking about doing an event that would take me almost that long. What sane person does that.
PRO: We've already established that I am not sane.
It's a lot to think about. I just emailed Ironman asking them how quickly IMMT sells out, I read that it happens fairly quickly. In that case, I do hear great things about REV-3!