With a setting summer sun sliding behind the Adirondacks, Dave and I sat on his screened porch, sipping ice-chilled Vermont IPA, breathing the crisp, BBQ-flavored air.
“I’ve signed up again for Placid,” Dave said. I congratulated him on taking on the challenge of an Ironman for the second time in three years, he continued, “what do you think about joining me?”
The dry wicker of my seat creaked below me as I shifted my weight.
While a life-long athlete and intrigued by the prospect, I had never even approached the sorts of distances involved in an Ironman. I hadn’t run a marathon, maxed out at a 1-mile swim during my stint as an ocean lifeguard back in college, and didn’t even own a road bike, let alone ridden one for 112 miles! Plus, was I ready for that kind of constant, all-encompassing, and grueling training?
Dave read my face like a book and we went on to discuss the event, the training required, his past experiences and his plan for this round at Placid. I sensed his confidence in both the process and in my ability to do it.
It felt like one of those moments where the Universe was presenting me with an opportunity for a reason; while the entirety of that reason was not quite clear, it would appear with time. It was up to me to take that trusting first step.
“I’m in,” I replied confident and ready.
The next day I went online and registered to be part of MMRF Team for Cure, which is a group of athletes who, through their participation in the Ironman, commit to fundraising for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Having made it through the “training-to-train” phase, the “early training” period, I am now a little over a month out from race day and in the “full-on training” phase. My brick training schedule has shifted from counting workout length in minutes to counting by hours and they combine multiple sports back-to-back. My schedule is an amalgamation of coding, teaching, running ABD, and training. I drink water constantly. I eat well. I sleep very well.
It has been an incredible journey thus far and I’ve learned a lot along the way as I prepare for the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run that await in just over a month.
I’m grateful for Dave for encouraging me to join him on this journey and for all of those who have supported me along the way. I’d also like to thank everyone who has contributed to my MMRF fundraising effort. If you’d like to donate, I’m 70% of the way to my $5000 goal, you can do so here.
The countdown to Lake Placid is real.
Time to go for a training swim!