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 :-(.