Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sometimes I miss it, sometimes no

So I've been reading lots of great IM CdA race reports and it kind of makes me miss Ironman.

But then I remember that I'd have to spend hours and hours and hours on my bike.  That's the rub.  No can do, people.  Just not going to happen.  Even making a 3 hour ride happen takes an act of divine intervention these days with all the storms we are having.

Yesterday?  I snuck out for a 2 hour ride and it was fabulous.  But a little bit lonely.  Because I have to ride when I have to ride, not at any scheduled time and certainly not with a group of people.  How on earth can I get a group of people to coordinate with my random schedule that follows no schedule?!  So alone is nice, but a little....lonely.
Being the best ring bearer and flower girl EVER last weekend

Right now, there is nowhere these guys want to be except with me.  And for now?  I'm gonna just gladly accept that role.  Pretty soon, they will want nothing to do with me.  And maybe then I can start a ride that doesn't leave from my house and start at 2:37pm on a Wednesday afternoon.

I am all registered for the Columbus Marathon and I'm super excited.  We had to predict our time for corrals so I had to officially type, "3:39.59" and YES I know I have until 3:40.00 but I'm gonna aim large here and go for that extra whole second.  I think this is a very difficult but very doable goal for me.  Time-wise, training for a marathon is not nearly as many hours as training for an Ironman, yet it really beats up your body a LOT more.  I'm trying to be really proactive about injury and balance the running with cross-training.  Instead of waiting to get injured, I'm trying this thing were I go to ART now and have him spot me some problems before they turn into full out achilles tendonitis or other such nonsense.

I'm also looking forward to hammering a little sprint tri in July and then Nationals in August...where my big goal is to crack the top half!  It will be kind of fun being a very tiny fish in a HUGE pond.  I'm looking forward to hopefully rising to the level of competition there.

So the long slow 5 hour rides will wait...and to be honest, I'm not entirely sure I really miss them. I think I just miss the idea of the finish line. :)


Marvin Dittfurth said...

I am training now for an IM and frequently, wonder if I will ever get back on this train again, when this is takes so much from all other parts of line..but the finish line...ah yes, the finish line.

Carolina John said...

Yes I really missed ironman training when I wasn't on a plan, but now that I'm back and halfway through a training plan it is totally life consuming. My wife is already starting to get upset. and our kids are 6 & 8 now, which is a lot easier than when they were your kids' ages. Have fun in marathon training! I can't wait to run more marathons next year.

TwynMawrMom said...

So well said. I'm training for my first half im and the bikes are the hardest to fit in. And it's making me realize I probably won't ever make an im. And yet, maybe a marathon...but the beating your body takes is so real! Enjoy the sprint and nationals. Good goals.

Jumper 2.0 said...

The Columbus Marathon is probably my favorite after the Twin Cities. Have fun.

Karen said...

IM training with kids would be tough. Maybe just continue admiring it from a distance (for now...). :) Your kids have gotten so big!