What could be more thrilling than a FULL IRONMAN Triathlon?! Not much in my mind! My training buddy, Nate, and I have been talking about when to race our first full ironman. Last year I did my first triathlons ever, and my season culminated with the half ironman in Muskoka. That was a thrill and the realization of a long-dreamed of goal. The race also helped to kick off my 40th birthday with a bang, rather than with the tears and moans of “I am getting old”. So, I thought that maybe for my 50th birthday I would do a full ironman. Or maybe even for my 45th? Well, on a dark, cold morning this week, in the midst of the first winter storm of the season, Nate and I had resorted to indoor training. We must have been a bit delirious because, after our training session, we took the plunge and both signed up for a full ironman! We will both be ringing in our 41st birthdays in style at the Challenge Cedar Point Triathlon 140.6 miles (Full Ironman distance).
This goal will keep me training on those cold, stormy mornings, when I would otherwise be tempted to stay in my warm bed. There will be much training to be done and as I dream about the upcoming race in the fall, it will keep me moving all winter, spring and summer! I am very grateful for such an exciting goal to keep the “thrill” in my training.
Choose your Goal
There are times when we all get sluggish and unmotivated in our training. If you are finding you are tired of your workout routine, pick something new and exciting to aim for. I challenge you to dream big and take a risk. Here are some considerations when planning your goals for 2015:
- Pick something ambitious! A little fear of the unknown keeps you on your toes. You may not be ready for your event yet, but that thought will keep you training on those days when you find it hard to get moving.
- Register now for your race or event, so that you fully commit to doing it. Set up your schedule now so that you protect your training time and make it to that race. No excuses!
- Find a training partner or group to train with. There is power in numbers!
- Mix up your training to keep it interesting. I’ve found that is one of the huge advantages of triathlon training: if I’m bored or injured (like right now) there is another sport to captivate my energy and keep me going.
- Make your goal public so that people keep you accountable and cheer you on. I loved sharing my goal with my friends and coworkers. They were all so extremely supportive and excited for me! It’s also great sharing my goals on this website!
I will be doing race reviews and compiling a list of local races in the Southern Ontario and North-Eastern US region. Please share races you are planning on doing and races that you would recommend as excellent local races.
Share your Goal
I want to hear from you. Please share your dreams and goals for 2015. (scroll down and add them in the comment section below) Keep the thrill in your training!