IM or Maybe Not
I am certain that the big goal for many triathletes is to complete an Ironman – 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. I have been on the fence and I can honestly say that starting out this was not a goal of mine. Just a few weeks ago I said the words – “I am 90% on the side of not doing one”. Naturally, the other 10% is coming into play now.
This summer I did the Branson 70.3 Half Ironman. Training for a half-IM required around 10 hours of training a week, but I was able to fit this into my life and my family’s life pretty well. This lifestyle requires a personal commitment and a HUGE family commitment. During my half-IM training I would be gone from home for 3:30 hours for a bike ride on Saturday and then a 2 hours run on Sunday. This is on top of training during the week. While training can be difficult at times, I know dealing with a 5 and (almost) 3 year old is 10 times more difficult.
So, 10 hours for a half. Let’s double that at the peak for a full. Ugh. I have no doubt that I can do an ironman distance race (I refer to “ironman distance” for a reason, more on that on a later post) and it would be amazing, but I worry about the time required to train. Big time.
If… IF!… there is an ironman in my future it will be a family decision. Maybe now is the right time, before the kids get crazy busy with activities. I don’t know.
We shall see…