Thursday, July 7, 2011

three things thursday

1. Lauren over at Failed Muffins went on vacation for a week, so I polished up a post outta the vault for her yesterday.  Go drop her some sweet sweet love!


2. Emily and I are going out this weekend to stomp on the face of the inside loops of the Reston course.  I'm thankful for training partners that also have hilly races coming up so I don't have to complain to myself all day.  Like one of my favorite crazy redheaded girls says, hills are for heroes!  


3. I've got some thinking to do.


I've got quite a few friends in IM training this year, and lately, instead of watching them work out and think, "that's insane, I could never do that," my thoughts have been turning to, "Maybe I could do that."  But it's a huge commitment (mmm, durrr).  It would mean that I'd spend 4+ months in a single training cycle (plus maintaining a solid base for 2-3 months before that), which is actually kind of a long time.  4 months, plus race and recovery, with no other race on board as an A race.  No trying to PR the half next spring.  No going out and riding a billion miles just because it seems like a good idea.  Lots and lots of structure.  It would mean a serious clamp down on eating 9 cupcakes in one day, or getting drunk on a Wednesday, or not running for 2 weeks just because it's hot out.  And the run is honestly what concerns me most about this.  I get injured, a lot.  And right now I'm working with an amazing PT and I feel stronger and better about running than maybe I ever have.  But having a great few weeks of 5 mile runs does not translate into 26.2 after 114.4.  It makes it seem ridiculous that someone with my propensity for injury would even consider this.  I don't have years of marathoning under my belt.  I wasn't a competitive swimmer.  A race like this would be all heart, to finish somewhere in the front of the straggling back of the pack.  


Then there's the flip side.  I might actually be able to do it.  I have no dreams of winning, just finishing.  But I'm strong on the bike, and I fully believe that the bike leg makes up much more than 1/3 of a triathlon, especially as the distances get longer.  I'm not weak in the water, I'm steady but average.  I know I've only done one 70.3, but I LOVED the distance.  I smiled all the way through the bike, and I feel like if I had had more than 3 weeks of run training, I probably would have smiled the whole way.  I know that having a few great 70.3s also doesn't mean an IM is for me.  I've got enough brains to realize that it's a lot harder than simply "twice the distance."  But the longer I ride, the more I realize that I'm in this for endurance, not for speed.  I love to ride long, and when I'm in shape, I love to run long.  Nothing in my life has ever given me a better feeling of accomplishment as the first time I saw the mileage click over to "14" on a run, or the first time I blew past "100" on a bike.  Distance is exhilarating.  So why not go longer?


And then there's the tiny fact that I'm stronger, right now, this year, than I ever have been in my life.  Even despite the totally necessary rest day festival of the past week, I'm running cleanly, riding strong, and even pulled a pretty tough swim workout out of my ass a few days ago.  And I've felt strong all year, despite getting injured, so much stronger than I felt a year ago.  I look back at my log from last summer and I can't believe how far I've come.  I spent half marathon training being excited for every long run, because I couldn't believe what I could do.  What happens after another year of living this life?  How far can I take this?  How strong could I actually be?


So like I said, I've got some thinking to do.  But the poet told me last night, and has told me before:  What is the theme of your life?  Mine: You have no idea what you can do.

25 comments:

  1. SIGN UP FOR AN IRONMAN.

    have a nice day :)

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  2. DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! *I love chanting in type*

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  3. You are so awesome. How brave of you to discuss your ironman thoughts. I think you are such an inspiration, and you would be so amazing to train for and complete an ironman. You're also really pretty.

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  4. Yes, you can totally do it! You have what it takes in terms of the determination to train properly. It requires a lot of focus and commitment and you have proven that you are able to give that to your training for an IronMan. Do it!!!

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  5. oh boy, just f-ing do it. and maybe ill even be there, with beer. duh.

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  6. The fact that you're pretty means you'll look good in the pictures. Hours upon hours upon hours upon hours of picture potential is a good reason to do an ironman.

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  7. Uh oh, as soon as you start thinking about doing an Ironman, its all over. You WILL do one!

    You are right. An Ironman is not just double a 70.3. Its more like exponentially double the distance, if that makes sense.

    And there are no requirements for signing up for an Ironman. A solid year of training can be enough, and since you have a base already in you, I think you can do one.

    And depending on which race you decide to do, just be warned that it can also be exponentially more expensive compared to a 70.3. The race fee is small potatoes compared to travel, food, and lodging costs for the race. Speaking of lodging, you will need to figure that out 12 months in advance (depending on the race). Logistically planning for an Ironman is off the charts a pain. You basically need to figure out a year ahead of time when Ironman specific training begins, etc, so you aren't vacationing when you should be ramping up the bike and runs.

    Not trying to be a debbie downer, just trying to be realistic. This past year has been a real lesson in patience and planning for me. Would I do it again? Well, I am in 13 months! Its fun and I think the reward is TOTALLY worth it! (I will find out in about 2 weeks).

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  8. thanks for welcoming me back :) and your kind words.

    i love your line of thinking. over the past year, i've seen you tackle so many obstacles and come out stronger and more confident than ever. so, i for one, am in the "katie can do ANYTHING" camp. i do admire that you are doing the smart thing, and thinking through all of the different angles and being realistic about the challenge and commitment that it will be in your life. but i'm pretty sure that you're going to go for it, and i'm pretty sure you are going to KILL IT!!!!

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  9. The wheels are turning...I think you should go for it. You're already doing the bike mileage you need and the marathon isn't like a "real" marathon...meaning, you can fudge a bit on the miles and still get through it. Do it!

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  10. I have no doubt that you could do an Ironman and get through all of the crazy training before it. I think if it's an idea that you're excited about and it works with your life right now, you should do it!

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  11. You are totally fit, and you totally kick butt. Hmm, it seems like you should totally register. You'll have an amazing time training for and then completing the race!

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  12. It almost sounds like you've made up your mind... I think you could do it.

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  13. I love reading your thought process, which so closely mirrors my own in terms of even training for a marathon (like you said: the run is the scariest part for we injury-prone folks). I understand both sides of the decision, and admire that you're even thinking about going all-in!

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  14. When is the race you are thinking about? If anyone could do an Ironman it is you. It's just a question how bad you want to.

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  15. You already know I think you're a nut case. But I will support you no matter what!

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  16. The only motivation you should need is hearing the announcer at the finish line saying, "You're an IRONMAN!!" It only took watching a few Ironman videos on YouTube to know that I will do it (someday)!

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  17. Do it. I promise to be there to hear the announcer declare, "Katie Badass, YOU are an Ironman!"

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  18. I think you want to sign up. It's a huge leap, yes, and a big commitment, but it will change your life. You already do a ton of training, you're strong on the bike, you know how to swim, and by the time the run comes around, it is a shuffle anyways whether you are a great runner or not. And with all of the cross-training, you'll be doing less running and perhaps have a lower likelihood of injury. Let me put it to you this way. When I signed up for Ironman, all I knew how to do was dog paddle. I'd never ridden my bike more than 20 miles. I had never done more than a sprint triathlon. If I can pull off an Ironman, you totally can.

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  19. Aw, I love it! I you can totally do an IM. Sure, it will be HARD AS CRAP, but that's the point! You will kick it's butt, though. You just went out there and biked over 100 miles already!! I think if you do it you'd just have to be really cognizant of your body and what it needs and when it needs rest, to helps stave off the injuries! PS, I love your theme;) that's the idea behind my blog title...you don't knwo what you're capable of, until you try (or tri;). Hehe.

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  20. You know the risks, and your propensity for injury, so you'd be going into training without any rose colored glasses. Go for it, you have nothing to lose. That kind of fits into my theme - life is not meant to be lived on the sidelines. So do it.

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  21. It's that crossroads we all hit. What person do I want to be? Whichever way you go... We all think you're great.

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  22. Is it weird that I want Reston to come already, just so you can rock it and tell us all about it? :)

    Training for an IM is something I can't even begin to grasp, but I love the idea of it and love that "theme" even more. Step out of the comfort zone, do something that scares you!

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  23. This is just me, but if there is something inside you that wants to do it/thinks you can do it...DO IT. It' like they say, if it scares you...do it.

    Good luck!

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  24. The thing about an IM - from someone who has never done one! - is the TIME commitment. Sounds like you realize just how big that would be, but it certainly does involve a lot of sacrifices.

    PS WHEN YOU COME RUN TRAILS WITH ME? :)

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