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?