Yes, the final days are here. 365 days ago, or there abouts, I decided to participate in a full Iron Distance Triathlon. I looked at what was out there, and settled on Rev 3 in Cedar Point. This was due to price, location, time of year, and the fact that I could get into the event. Ironman branded events sell out in minutes, and the one I wanted in-fact sold out in record time. 23 weeks ago, I started my formal training, which started with about an hour a day of workouts. Swimming 1,000 yards, running 4-5 miles, and biking around 30 miles or so. In 23 weeks I have put in lots of time training, just ask my wife, and have gone the distance in two of the 3 sports. I also did my own 1/2 Distance “Race”. This was to put it all together, do the transitions, and to judge times for the full. Those times were 7:31 total. 1.1 mile swim = 40:55; 56 mile bike = 3:34; 13.1 mile run = 2:52. To double that I would be looking at 15 hours, which is likely not going to happen, so I am shooting for 16 hours.
I just registered with the event and now have some time to think about what the hell I was thinking! My Bib is #64. I have a ton of Tattoo’s to put on and stickers to cover myself and my equipment. Transition bags and extra “Special Needs” bags for anything I need to get through the 2nd half of the bike and run. Grabbed my swag bag and looked around, but it was still very early. Looks like most of the vendors won’t be here and open until tomorrow. I did go and drive part of the bike course, but was running out of daylight, so I decided to go rest.
My Wife and Daughter along with some great friends will be coming up to watch and cheer me on. They are amazing and I’m sure don’t know how much it means to me that they are going to be here. It will be a long boring day for them, but they came nonetheless. A few members from Mojo will also be participating and I’m looking forward to having dinner with them on Saturday. They have been great and motivational. I don’t think I would have attempted this without the ability to lean on others who have done it before.
The weather is forecasted to be just about as perfect as anyone could ask for. I’m still hoping for calm wind’s, low temps, and no rain! The next time I write, I will have completed my personal challenge of 140.6! I’m looking forward to that finish line.