That is the date that I have been given by the Muskoka 70.3 Ironman officials. Registration will be in the next few weeks.
I have a confession to make; I am absolutely terrified. As in, just thinking of September 9th gives me the same racing heartbeat and feeling of dread that I get when I watch ghost movies, and that’s saying something.
I’ve taken a look at the course – turns out 90k is an awfully long way to cycle. No ipods are allowed. If I get a flat tire I’ll be expected to do my own repair on the side of the road. My bike will definitely have to be a road bike. I’ll have to buy and not rent a wetsuit, as I’ll be swimming in September water, and I’ll want to start practicing in May to get used to frigid temperatures. Because I DON’T want to go into hypothermic shock the way I did during the Give it a Tri.
So if you see some nutjob in a wetsuit in Lake Ontario in May 2012, odds are that it’s me.
The sheer mental, physical, nutritional, and financial preparation that is going to have to go into this is HUGE. Beyond anything that I’ve ever undertaken before. Is it going to be worth it? HELLS yes. Am I going to kick its ass? You can bet your bottom dollar YES.
Am I so scared right now that there has been a pit of fear in my stomach ever since I found out the date? … yes.
So what do I have to do to get ‘er done?
Right now, I’m breaking it down into sections. I need to reach certain physical and nutritional levels before I even start worrying about equipment or learning how to change tires. I can wait until March or April for purchasing wetsuits, helmets, fuel belts, etc.
For now, this is my breakdown:
-Currently have out several books on marathons and triathlons, currently reading “The Marathon Method” by Tom Holland.
-Going to try to work the following schedule: Monday Strength Training Tuesday Run for 1hr Wednesday Strength Training Thursday Run for 1hr Friday Strength Training Saturday Run for 1.5-2hrs Sunday Swim.
-Go as close to full Paleo diet as I can
-Start swimming at least once per week. The community centre across the street from me has free lane swims, including on the weekends. I took a look at the pool and it looks to be about 30m. I’ll have to do 60 laps in order to simulate the swim in the lake, which will be in open frigid water.
Once spring rolls around, I have two definite things that I need to get done, which are: a) Complete the Goodlife Half Marathon, and b) Go on a long distance cycling trip every other weekend, constituting 100k+.
It’s going to be expensive. Absolutely. Getting a wetsuit, training equipment, probably new shoes, staying in a hotel the night of the event, etc. is probably going to set me back about $1000. However, this is offset by a couple of things. The first is that I’m paying off my car loan in full tomorrow (detailed post to come). The second is that I am investing in my health. I am adding time onto my lifespan. The third is that pride is priceless. If I can learn to focus on an event with such determination and grit that I can achieve something completely out of my comfort zone, then it’s worth every penny.
My mom was afraid when I was going on and on about training that I was going to turn wafer thin and instead become extremely unhealthy. However, when I was home this weekend, she confided that I looked good, and perhaps this wasn’t so loony after all.
The Ironman motto is Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever.
I can add in, Money will come and go, but the money I invest in accomplishing this feat will live forever as a proud memory.