Yet another blog from some random dude training for Ironman and beyond


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.


5 responses

  1. The running course, if it’s similar to years past, is a killer. A friend and co-worker did it and nearly didn’t finish because his knees hurt so bad from all of the ups and downs. He said there was very little flat road, which made it especially difficult as he felt there was no recovery. He’s also done Florida and St. George and rates Vineman as the hardest of the three, with Florida the easiest.

    Good luck.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm

  2. You’re better than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can. Or so says Ken Chlouber before Leadville. I’ve seen people finish endurance events that I really didn’t think had it in them. And I’ve seen people DNF that I was convinced would make it. The difference was always who was better at the mental game. Finishing a long, painful event is more about exorcising demons than anything else. Of course most of those demons are exorcised in training.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    • That’s probably some of the best advice I’ve heard. I, too, am headed into my first full iron distance triathlon next year. I’ll probably hear your advice echoing through my head all 140.6 miles. Thanks for sharing!

      December 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

  3. je

    Thanks for the encouragement, folks. The last 6-9 months have been tough for me on a variety of levels. Looking back I notice I train and race more effectively when I blog about frequently so now that I have a very big date on the calendar.

    December 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

  4. Jeff

    You’ll do just fine!

    December 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm

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