Wahoo!!! I’m so pumped to begin my Ironman journey! For those who don’t know, an Ironman triathlon is a sub-17 hour event where you swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. Ironman Lake Tahoe had an insane “Did Not Finish” rate this past year (its inaugural year) due to the freezing cold temperatures in the morning (it snowed the night before), the elevation (6,000+ ft above sea level), and an especially hilly and difficult bike course. Check out this highlight video from 2013.
I’m definitely scared. I still have almost a year to prepare and train for the big event and I know I’ll be ready for it. I just ran a full marathon and I completed 2 half ironman-distance triathlons in 2013. But I’m still a very beginner swimmer and the thought of running a marathon after all of that effort is absolutely crazy! But I’m really not the type to shy away from what’s “too hard”. I’m excited for this insane challenge but I’m going to need quite a bit of support from all of my amazing friends, family, teammates, training buddies, etc! Let’s do this!!!
Originally I was thinking about doing Ironman Canada in Whistler because it’s not quite as insane as Tahoe. But the benefits of doing Tahoe are multiple-fold:
- I can train on the course whenever I want (I live 4 hours away from the course). This is a HUGE plus because it will give me confidence on race day that I can do it, and I will know the intricacies of the terrain.
- I know a ton of fabulous people doing it!! The support from great teammates is a huge plus! Go Team!!
- It’s more likely that local friends and family will make the drive to Tahoe. Canada would be harder. I hope some of you will come cheer on the race!
- A lot of people did it this past year so I can draw from their experiences
- The altitude doesn’t worry me, and I can acclimatize to it during training weekends
- Tahoe is GORGEOUS!!
Plus, the wise BP said… “IM Tahoe is hard because it’s an Ironman. Not because of the elevation, temperature, and hills”. And I think he’s absolutely right.
My plan for the next 11 months will be to do 2 half ironman triathlons, hopefully the full Vineman AquaBike, and a few other races here-and-there. I will probably hire a coach, do spin classes at M2, and Master swim classes. But I still have to work out all of the specifics.
Here goes nothin’!!!
Swim. Bike. Run. Eat Plants.