The e-mails were flying fast and furious on Monday as I got word of my friends signing up for Ironman Arizona. Luckily everyone I know that wanted to race Arizona next year made it in! Registration has been crazy in the past so I’m happy for everyone that they got their spots.
As for me, I did not give in to my fear of missing out to sign up for a second Ironman next year. I truly believe that training for and racing an Ironman is much more fun with friends. I’ve been lured into a race before because all my friends were doing it but this time I know where my heart is. For my friends that are racing two IMs next year they have their special reasons and motivation, but I would have been there as a tag along. You have to know in your heart why you want to race that Ironman to get you through the tough training days.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Ironman Boulder. Both of my IMs have been in the 16 hour range…and I’m hoping to be better. For my first race I trained my butt off but got sick on race day and I definitely didn’t have the race I trained for. For my second race I had a difficult time getting into my training, basically pouring it all in to the final two months. I think I was lucky to cross the finish line that day and I deserved that close call with midnight.
My heart is in making Boulder my best day possible next year.It is what I tell myself if I think that I don’t feel like going to the pool or when I have to head out in the cold to spin class. I’ve got that post-it note right by my training schedule for motivation. I know that I’ll be needing that motivation next year when I’m hitting big training volumes, but I’m determined to be my best possible me for this race. I don’t want to have a backup for a few months down the road. Boulder is going to be my best day possible! That being said, I’m really looking forward to cheering my friends on when they race Arizona.
2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year here. What is your big scary goal for next year?