Saturday, July 09, 2005

Quest to be an Ironman

Well, here I am finally joining the Internet culture and creating my very own blog. For those of you new to this (as I am) a 'blog' is simply a "web--log." As best I can tell it is a place to record just about anything you desire; a journal of sorts. Of course, unlike a hand-written journal, it has the potential to reach the farthest corners of the earth and can be read more than just yourself. You may ask what brought me to this point and why am I on a quest for Ironman. I hope to use this blog to record my thoughts over the coming months (and years) with the hope that someday my children, family and friends may better understand why I want to be an Ironman. Also, I believe the written record provided here will help serve as a motivational tool for me on especially hard days. Here is my brief story.

For the past 18 months I have competed recreationally in triathlons. I initially started in order to lose some weight, get in shape and have something different to do after work. I'm now close to 40 pounds lighter and am in much better physical condition than I was when I started. In the beginning I chose Sprint triathlons (approx .5 mi swim, 14 mi bike, 5K run). I found these to be both enjoyable and challenging. I began to see improvement in my speed and endurance and this year began to compete in Olympic distance races (about double what is listed above). Again, I have seen improvements in my physical conditioning and overall well-being. That being said, there has been a little voice in my head telling me to push harder and go longer.

Well, the next logical step is a 1/2 Ironman race (1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike, 13.1 mi run) and there just so happens to be one nearby on September 11, 2005. At this point I have hesitated to sign up over fear of a nagging knee injury (more on that another day). However in the recent weeks I have really been able to push up my training distances with minimal ill effects. As soon as I am finished composing this entry I plan to officially sign up for the 1/2 Iron distance race in my town. Of course that leads to the next obvious question: "When are you going to do an Ironman race?" More on that another day. Enjoy reading my blog. I'll have to see how this goes and if I can make regular entries.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great articulate start to your journal. I'll enjoy reading updates. Keep up the good work.


8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to enjoy reading this! I also love your mom's comment.


2:47 PM  

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