Ironman Training Begins Today

I officially began Ironman training today.  I’m registered to “compete” in the 70.3 Ironman Providence on July 10, 2011.  This tri entails a 1.2 mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1 mile run.  Professional athletes will finish in around 4 hours.  I’m just hoping to finish alive and in the up-right position.  I’m actually preparing myself, and so is my husband, for the pain of my first Marathon.  I will cross the finish line.  It will not be pretty and I will be crawling and crying, but I will, because I know I can, because you always have the power if you want it bad enough.

Having just run the WDW Goofy Challenge in January, I have been burnt out from running since March and took a week off last week.  To psych myself up for the quest, I tried on all my bathing suits and skinny jeans.  I also stepped on the scale last week and I have gained 5 pounds of pure belly fat.  Today I start with a clean slate, a new positive attitude and brand new running shoes!!!

Just like my marathon training in 2008, I am going to embark on the triathlon journey alone.  I have purchased Tom Holland, “The 12-Week Triathlete – Train for a Triathlon in Just Three Months” and begun Half-Ironman Distance Program – Finish – today.  It was an easy day – just run for 30 minutes.  It did take all morning  for me to get motivated though, I didn’t start out until after Regis & Kelly.  I also ran without my Garmin.  It has been sent back to Kansas to be fixed :-(. 

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