Luckily, I am recovered from my injury. And while I am still building up my running mileage, I'm not concerned because we are only running three days a week during training.
I am mentoring a student interpreter right now and when we met last semester to see if our mentoring relationship would be a good fit, I warned him. I said, "the only other thing you need to know is that starting March 11th I will be training for an Ironman".
You might think that's an odd thing for me to tell my mentee. However, I feel like it is my responsibility to share why I may not be as attentive to his needs (or flat out tired) and that once I am done with my work shift, my work day ends and my training day begins (or continues).
The first month of training
The beginning of our training won't be too bad. The first week might be a bit rough since we have been taking it a bit easier lately, mostly due to my injury and this unrelenting winter. We don't actually get into biking distances that we haven't covered before until May. I'm not concerned about the swimming portion of the race, though I obviously still need to train, and the running distances we have done before.
I am excited, but of course nervous, about starting training. Even though I have accomplished so much in such a short time (I have only been running for 3 years in April), there's a part of me that worries about finishing this beast. That's what an Ironman is, a beast. A 140.6 mile beast that I have to conquer.
With smart training, I'm pretty sure I can do just that. And smart training means following our training plan, for the most part, and getting in the distances and workouts that we need to in order to be prepared for the starting line (or starting jump into the water?) at Louisville on August 24th.
Luckily, for the most part we have supportive friends and family. Our parents will be at the race, my mom just reserved plane tickets which makes it even more real, and the majority of our friends are runners or triathletes. I'm hoping that some of them will join us for some training rides, runs and swims. Having them with us during this journey will make it even more rewarding, and it will help make those really tough workouts go by faster (or at least more enjoyable?)
So to those of you who will be with me during this journey, I want to say thank you. Thank you for understanding that I may not be able to stay out until 11pm on a Friday night because I will have to run 20 miles on Saturday and then ride 100 miles on Sunday. Thank you for not making fun of me if I fall asleep while we're hanging out, and for not posting any incriminating photos to Facebook. Thank you for understanding that my normal bedtime of 10pm may change to 9pm because I can't keep my eyes open anymore. Thank you for understanding that if we can't attend an event that it doesn't mean we don't care about you or love you, it just means we are working really hard to achieve something that we care deeply about. Thank you for going to get food with me because if you think I eat a lot now, just wait!
And most importantly, thank you for letting me talk about training and how I am feeling non-stop and for being my friends.
I would get through this without you, but it makes it that much sweeter having you there supporting me!
If I look like this at the end of the Ironman, I'll call it a success!
And to Mike, here we go, this will be our greatest adventure yet!