I don’t believe I’ve made an official announcement about something that’s going to have a serious impact on my life(s) in the next twelve months. I’ve talked about it. I’ve mentioned it. I’ve alluded to it, but I’ve never made it official. Well, just to be up front:
On November 7, 2009, I will race in the Florida Ironman
I’m officially insane.
This is going to mean some relatively serious changes to my lifestyle over the next 12 months. You may recall that my training for the Nike Women’s Marathon wasn’t up to where it should have been. This was something I brushed off with the “I’m not going to do as well as I’d like, but I’ll still finish” line. Unfortunately I won’t be able to get away with that for an ironman.
To remind everyone, an Ironman distance triathlon consists of 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and ends with a marathon (26.2 miles of running). That’s a lot. In order to be prepared for that, I’m aiming at 600 hours of training for the next twelve months. Training began last Sunday.
In case you’re interested, I took most of my training setup from Joe Friel’s Triathlete’s Training Bible. This book is not recommended for the casual athlete (or even the casual tri-athlete) but if you’re serious about developing an annual training plan this is a good resource. Keep in mind that it’s got some flaws but I understand the most recent edition has fixed some of those.
Anyway. I’m training for an Ironman. Go me. November 7, 2009 is the date. Panama City Beach, Florida is the place. Don’t ask me how much this will cost by the end of the year.