Wednesday, October 28, 2009

adventures - Ironman WI

I heard of Ironman my senior year of college (2004) and was quite simply amazed at the feat it took to complete an Ironman. Over the course of 18 hours or less, you cover 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, and a 26.2 miles of running - one after the other. After completing a few smaller triathlons, and being pulled into the competitiveness and the culture of triathlon, I knew one day I WOULD step across that finish line and hear "You are an Ironman". Well, now I'm one step closer, as of today, I'm registered for Ironman Wisconsin - September 12, 2010. It wasn't that long ago a good friend of mine forced me into the water and watched as I struggled to complete 1, yes 1 lap of a half-Olympic distance pool. Out of breath and frustrated and how terrible I was, I set out to learn to properly swim, mainly on my own. After completing a full summer of triathlons, including many Olympic distance and a half-ironman distance I think I'm finally ready to take on the full distance. "You have to respect the distance" is something I hear from many Ironman veterans, and I've never taken that statement lightly. I respect the distance, appreciate the hard efforts it takes to get there, and am constantly inspired from some of the stories I hear. Simply "youtube" Ironman and you will find enough inspiring and motivating stores to clear out a box of tissue. Sometimes when you think something is impossible, that's all the motivation you need.

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