Throughout my life I’ve never been short on ambition.
Short on brains? Sure. Short on motivation? Yes. Short on talent, skill, effort and ability? Uh, huh, yup, indeed and true enough.
But ambition and good intentions? I’ve got that stuff down.
After a few months of not training nearly as much or as hard as I should, I went and put another item from the proverbial bucket list on the agenda — this time, it’s a full 140.6 triathlon.
On paper, it seems like the perfect 140.6 for me. It’s a relatively mild course with not a lot of climbing. It’s late enough in the season that I can get all the training I need to get without killing myself on 5-hour rides or 20-mile runs during late winter.
And, very nicely, the race is on a Saturday — eliminating one of the minor scheduling conflicts nearly all big triathlons present.
Swimming 2.4 miles will be challenging, but not impossible. I’ve done it a couple of times in the pool just to see how I’d fare attempting 80-plus laps (booooring) without a real rest. Biking 112 miles will not be overly difficult — although not an easy task at all, especially considering the preceeding 2.4 mile swim.
Running 26.2 miles, on the other hand, just might kill me – for real.
I’ve never run farther than 13.1 miles and the last discipline of the triathlon has always been my most difficult.
But I’ll get it done. I’ll run 3-5 times per week — indoor if necessary at the gym or the Utah Olympic Oval — and slowly the endurance and form will come. Prior to Ironman Boise last year I was doing pretty good with some 8-10 mile runs and that was without really dedicating myself to running.
Ironman, if nothing else, requires dedication.
My wife, a trained medical professional, thinks I’m crazy. She believes in me and believes I can get it done — but she still thinks I’m crazy for willingly signing my name to such a task.
Like I said, I’ve never been short on ambition.
Now it’s time to couple hard work with that ambition. Time to follow through.