While I’m simultaneously recovering and tapering from and for a marathon my thoughts are 140.6 miles a minute. Something got in my head this week and I want to do another full Ironman in 2017. I think. Probably. I don’t know. Maybe?
During Ironman Wisconsin this year, it was during the swim where I thought “Never again”. I like swimming. And then on the bike I was frustrated with how crowded the course was. If it weren’t for all of those people I could totally excel! Oh, also if it weren’t for all of those people it wouldn’t be Ironman.
So, what if I looked at a non-Ironman event? Spoiler, I am looking at one. It’s in Michigan, in August. In 2016 there were only 70 finishers, and no one in my age group. See? Without all of those people I could win!
When I brought up this idea to my normally supportive spouse the other night, he kindly reminded me of how much I resented the training in 2014. In 2014 I did Ironman Wisconsin right away after my first in 2013. I won’t deny that my heart wasn’t fully invested that year. That was that year.
2017 could be different. Or I could end up feeling the same way, weighed down, prisoner to training. Though I do minimal training, it’s still a huge time commitment. But what else do I have going on? Well, there’s my online degree that I’m working on, but I will be on a Summer break. What would I do with all of that free time? Swim, bike and run obviously. This is truly a lifestyle for me.
I think an important question to ask myself is what is the motivation? A huge motivator for me is to find out what I’m really made of. At this point I know I can finish the distance, on a nearly broken toe for that matter. It would be nice to race on a field with some elbow room and see what I’m actually capable of. I want self improvement along the way. I want to eat real foods and refrain from consuming too many margaritas. I want to stop wanting and actually DO.
So, those are my four days post marathon-bust thoughts, and three day pre-marathon ambition.