Thursday, December 31, 2009

Getting Motivated

In 2006 after doing my 1st triathlon, I swore I would never do an Ironman. Why would someone want to subject their body and mind to a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run...all in one day...consecutively? Seriously, what crazy person would want to do that? Well 5 months ago I became one of the crazies and signed up to race Ironman Lake Placid on July 25, 2010. I guess when I told myself I would never do one, it was my way of saying, I'm going be an Ironman.

In the past 5 months I've done the Augusta 1/2 Ironman (1.2 mile swim. 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run) and the Claxton Century Ride (100 mile bike ride). Unfortunately in the past 45 days I've taken a break from being a triathlete and focused on the finer things in life like partying, food and laziness. The good news is all of that is about to change on January 4, 2010 when I refocus my energy to training and eating healthy. I'm excited, nervous and ready to start this venture.

I've hired an amazing coach, Andrew Johnston ( Hopefully one day Andrew's speed and endurance will rub off on me and I can become 1/2 the athlete he is. I really see good things in my future because of Andrew and can't wait to start training with him. I know there's only so much he can do for me, but being accountable to someone like Andrew is enough to push me to where I want to be.

This is going to be a long journey for me so I've decided to write a blog as a place for me to document the physical and mental aspect of training for an Ironman. I know that I will need a lot of encouragement throughout this process, so I hope that you will visit this blog frequently.


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