My primary goal is to run a marathon in every state. However, I also love triathlon. I’ve been meshing my love for running and triathlon for many years now. I believe my first triathlon was in 2004 and then I really started doing more events in 2007. However, Mr. Michael made his appearance in 2009, shortly after I caught the Ironman bug. Little man is 8 now! Time flies …..
As a working mom with two kids and a hectic life, Ironman was put on hold. I didn’t even ride my bike for several years after Michael was born. I ran. Because that is something I can do anywhere, for any amount of time and it helps me relieve stress. But the time on the bike was just too much for me as a working mom with a new baby. So my bike sat on the trainer for 1309 days without seeing the light of day. I rode occasionally for workouts but never outside. Once I dusted off my bike, I decided to focus on races that I could manage with the family, job and my other responsibilities. I decided that I would “specialize” in the 70.3 distance. Not register for an expensive race and haul all my gear unless it really counted. It had to be worth it for me to be away from the kiddos. Once Michael arrived, that’s kinda how life went. Cut the crap. Keep what’s really important. I didn’t want to lose sight of myself but I also didn’t need to run every 5K in town unless there was another reason to go, like when Aby started running. Aby’s first 5K below in spring 2011. This race had free daycare for Mr. Michael. So freaking awesome (Ringing In Spring 5K, Valparaiso, IN).
This was also the time that I really started embracing the long run. Michael was a crazy baby. He was not happy unless I was holding him and to be honest, I just needed to get away sometimes to clear my head and leave the screaming behind. I loved my little man but yes, I needed a break. To this day, I see women who refuse to leave their babies to even go for a run, and I cringe. Most mom’s need time away from their babies to think and reflect. I could never do that while pushing a jog stroller, constantly handing the little one snacks, stopping to pick up juice cups, etc. There were times that I ran with the stroller because the choices were treadmill or stroller run. I’ve also ran plenty 20 milers on the treadmill for lack of other options. I did what I had to do but honestly, I cherished my solo long runs more than anyone could possibly imagine. Through this time, my love for the longer distances really developed. Hey, the longer I ran, the longer I had quiet time, it didn’t matter if I had to run in the dark to get it. Eventually, I cut most other distances to focus on the marathon. Best bang for my buck and the marathon is ALWAYS a challenge. I didn’t want to leave the kids unless it counted. So I pared down my races to the distance I felt was worthy of time away from the kiddos.
Enough chit chat. Now, what’s the big goal for 2018? I’m sure you’ve already figured it out. Ironman. I registered for Ironman Lake Placid, July 2018.
My first, and quite possibly only, full Ironman. Yes, I’ve been waiting for this since 2008. Yes, the time is finally here. In case you’re not familiar with triathlon type races, this is a 140.6 mile event. 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, 26.2 miles of running. There are non-branded triathlons which cover the same distance; however, Ironman has made a name for itself as offering some of the best triathlon races in the world.
I picked Lake Placid almost by default. I wanted a race that I could drive to so that I didn’t need to ship my bike. I wanted a race that was not during XC/Football or Track/Baseball season. That really narrowed things down. Lastly, I wanted a new state. The marathon at the end of the Ironman counts as a state for the 50 States Marathon Club. This made the outrageous registration fee a little more palatable. I get to tackle something new, a bucket list item per se, but I’m also still moving me forward in my 50 State goal. Win, Win.
So if you’re in Lake Placid, NY over Ironman weekend, look for me. I’ll try to post more as my training gets under way. Until then, if you need me, I’ll probably be riding my bike. You will find me at a couple warm up races this spring/summer. But everything is in prep for the big day in Lake Placid on July 22nd:
- Tobacco Road Marathon – March 18th – I have a “refer a friend” $10 off discount code if you need one, just let me know.
- Pokagon Olympic Distance Triathlon – May 19th.
- Grand Rapids 70.3 Triathlon – June 10th
At some point, I’ll figure out post IM season. But for now, this is it.
Cheers to a Happy, Healthy 2018. I hope that you get to try something new and move something from your bucket list into the DONE column.
** Life is All About the Story ** Amanda – TooTallFritz