Why an Ironman?

Ironman represents the pinnacle of endurance sports for me. Ever since I became a triathlete I knew an Ironman was in my future. It was just a matter of time. And time is just one of the many things training for an Ironman requires.

I did my very first triathlon back in 2004 right before graduating high school. Even then, I didn’t consider myself a triathlete until March 2007 as a Junior in college. Since then, I’ve competed in a little over 60 races and even took a trip to China for one of them but I have yet to muster the courage to take on 140.6 miles.

After college, I moved around the country, explored various careers, went back to school, and moved a few more times. Recently I made the decision to apply to medical school which means I may not have the opportunity to fulfill this goal. So now is the time. I have a stable job and a great group of friends training for the same race.

I’m nervous. I’m scared. I’m excited. And more than anything I’m determined to leave everything on the race course so I don’t need to come back. 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run. No big deal. Right?

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5 Responses to Why an Ironman?

  1. Chuck says:

    Good for you Courtney! It does seem like the timing works really well right now, and you have a great group of friends to support you! I can’t wait to see how it goes

  2. Victoria says:

    No big deal at all. Just keep moving until the finish line. Enjoy the journey!

  3. You can do it! It is definitely a challenge but so rewarding!

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