Whew. There. I said it.
Now that I’ve put that out there, let me also say that I’m not planning to do one for three or four more years. My kids are 6 and 4 and I’m just going into my last two years of dental school (which will be really hectic), so training for an Ironman just isn’t possible right now. Not to mention the fact that I just did my first sprint distance triathlon in June, which is not even CLOSE to the Ironman distance, and I’m about to do my first half marathon in a few weeks. I just don’t think I have the base yet to challenge Ironman in the way that I want to do it. I don’t want to be squeaking in just under 17 hours, or having a mental breakdown on the course. I want to feel…STRONG.
In case you don’t know, an Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run (3.9k swim, 180k bike, 42.2k run, for my fellow Canadians). That’s a lot of miles!
I mentioned the idea to my trainer this morning (she’s doing Ironman Canada pretty soon), and of course she was very encouraging – she is always very encouraging when I talk about getting fitter! 🙂 I’m sure she has a big picture plan in the back of her mind now for how I should get there. She suggested doing some longer (Olympic) distance triathlons and a marathon next year, a Half Ironman the following year, and then going on to Ironman training. Guess that means I should start looking for late summer/early September marathons!
Some people may wonder, “Why Ironman?” Honestly, ever since I watched coverage of the Ironman Championship in Kona about 9 years ago, I thought that it was something I wanted to do. Never mind that at that time (October 2001), I probably weighed 185lbs, was very much sedentary (even though I had trained for and walked the Walt Disney World Marathon that January), and wasn’t swimming, biking, or running. I just knew that it was now on my “to do in my lifetime” list.
Fast forward nine years, and I have actually done my first triathlon. I ended up doing it because I injured my IT band running and needed to cross train, and because I happened to mention to my trainer that I was interested in doing a triathlon sometime. She suggested I train for one being held a couple of months later, to get a triathlon under my belt, so to speak. I was a little nervous, but signed up, and I’m so glad that I did! It was a lot of fun and the other participants were so supportive, encouraging other racers they met or passed on the course (I got passed a lot! haha).
Why else do I want to do Ironman?
- Because I want to challenge my physical and mental limits
- Because it’s pretty cool to be able to say you’ve done an Ironman
- Because I want to get even fitter than I am now
- Because the idea scares me a little, and I like to challenge my fears
- Because the “man” in “Ironman” irritates me
- Because if an 80 year old nun can do it, then so can I!
Now for the pull-ups part:
Today I did jump pull-ups. Not jump chin-ups, which I have been doing for awhile, but jump pull-ups. I’m 5’3″, so it’s probably a 6″ jump to grab the bar. I did two sets of ten reps.
Yup, I’m bragging.
I feel like it’s an important milestone that means I’m pretty darn strong and that my workouts are definitely paying off. ROAR! (As in “I am woman, hear me…”)
Do you have any big fitness goals on your “bucket list”? What have you already accomplished? What exercises make you feel strong when you do them?