I’ve committed to swim/bike/running a half Ironman – specifically the Ironman 70.3 Boulder on August 7, 2011. A half Ironman is a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run. The same day. Back to back. I have 133 days from right now to get ready.
I never thought I would have so much anxiety around something that was half of something else. Until recently, I thought if you were doing a half-something, that just meant you were half the badass of someone doing twice as much. Half a badass isn’t something I ever aspired to be. My thoughts on this matter have changed. I’m now a little anxious. So, I purchased a couple of books, I’m building a training schedule and I’m seeking friends who know more about swimming, biking and running then I do.
Fortunately, there isn’t a better place to train for a triathlon then Boulder, CO. I’ve been finding great help in unlikely places. As I settled in to read the Triathlete’s Training Bible the other night, I noticed the foreword is by Wes Hobson, my realtor. Wes has competed in over 220 triathlons from sprint to Ironman distance and was selected “Triathlete of the Year” by the U.S. Olympic Center. He also helped the ninja and I find a fantastic townhouse we are in the process of purchasing.
An awesome mentor and friend introduced me to Mary Miller, a professional triathlete currently training for a triathlon in Australia taking place the beginning of April. We were able to meet for a late afternoon coffee and she was able to put comfort me a little by providing some advice on wetsuits and suggesting a couple of events that might help me get ready. She suggested I sign up for the Stroke and Stride at the Boulder Reservoir so I can get used to open water swimming and wearing a wetsuit. The Stroke and Stride is also a great fit for me because it’s in the same reservoir the Ironman 70.3 takes place there so I will be able to build some confidence that will calm my nerves on race day.
Last but not least, I’ve been able to find a few people who were competitive swimmers in college and asked one of them to give me some lessons and write some workouts to get me to a place where I can swim a little over a mile. I am very good at not drowning, but I know I’m not a very efficient swimmer. I don’t go anywhere fast. My first lesson is today and I’m really excited to see what her comments are.
What lessons have you learned preparing for a big challenge?