Thursday, September 11, 2008

Challenge Run

Today's directions were to run out for 30 minutes and then to run back faster than we ran out. It wasn't too difficult, we just talked on the way out and cut out the talking on the way back which allowed us to go significantly faster, LOL. We can run faster....we just choose not to!

More exciting was that Marisa is back from her Ironman Challenge! I don't know that I'd be able to walk for a week after doing something like that but there she was, full of energy as usual. I enjoyed her stories about the run and even though they weren't the most pleasant, it kinda got me excited. I definitely WANT to do an Ironman. Of course, right now the thought of doing a 26 mile run frightens me so adding a 2 mile swim and 112 mile bike ride on before even getting to the 26 mile run just seems crazy and impossible. I was thinking...5 years and I'll be ready but do I really need that long to get ready?? I'm thinking I can be ready in 2 years. I'll get my bike early October (hopefully) and then start swimming regularly in January. I could so be ready in 2 years, if I got really serious then I could probably be ready next year but I don't want to push it and I hear you have to sign up for those things well in advance.

I think the part that scares me the most is the swim. I'm confident I could do the run and the bike part but I'm not the best swimmer. Yeah, I've been swimming my whole life, I think I could swim before I could walk BUT I've never swam competitively and I've never swam in open water with a bunch of other people. I hear it is pretty intense. Check out this video for an example of what it's like. Like my co-worker said today, quoting an article he read: if you get tired during the run you can walk, if you get tired on the bike you can get off and walk, if you get tired during the swim you drown. That being said....if I can get the swimming part down, I'm in there!


Paul said...

I had never swam competitively before I started doing triathlons this year either. You won't have any problem with the swim part. It takes a lot of practice to get comfortable but I have done almost all my training during lunch and feel comfortable now. No reason you can't do the same!

runrgrl2007 said...

You can do it! I will be right there cheering you on!