I am getting toward the end of an amazing journey known as Ironman Training. This journey will culminate when I hopefully cross the finish line of Ironman Chattanooga on September 28th. I decided toward the end of last season that this would be the year I would train for my first Ironman. I knew headed in that the training would be both mentally and physically taxing and the commitment of time and effort needed to be 100%. I also wanted to talk to Chelsea, my wife, to let her know that I would be gone more and more as the training ramped up. Who would have ever thought that I would be turning into an ultra endurance athlete? I remember looking back onto my college days of cross country and track at Lehigh University and I didn't even like to run the 5k on the track let alone the 10k in XC. I thought I was too big to go the longer distances being 6'2 , 180 pounds. However, when I was in college hitting upwards of 100 mile weeks or now training for triathlons and putting in 25 hour weeks I might see myself dip to 175 pounds...but you work with what you have. Now I get to carry this 178 pounds (where I was this morning) around for a full Ironman...yes 2.4 miles, 116 bike (as the Chattanooga course is 4 miles longer than the traditional 112) and a nice 26.2 mile marathon. I am excited and nervous at the same time.
With the help of Coach Doug, I have put in the hours and the hard workouts, gotten the rest and recovery that is needed and now putting in the final touches 6 days out from Ironman Chattanooga. My body is starting to come around- I am noticing my legs getting more snappy, my heart rate lowering, and my watts getting higher with less effort.
I was fortunate enough to go down and train on the IM course a few weeks back. A HUGE thank you to Chattanooga Tri Club member and fellow IM Chattanooga racer Rebecca Stein for hosting myself and friend Anthony WInd (a champion Ultra Runner). I love the opportunity for homestays as you get to know the community better, the ins and outs of the area plus Rebecca gave us great tips on places to train (ie the open water swim area buoyed off and the Chickamauga Battlefield to get some easy miles in!).
I am excited for this opportunity to push myself and go further than I ever have before. Please follow me on the Ironman Live Feed as I will be Bib #38. Thanks again to all my supporters- family, friends, sponsors.
I look forward to sharing my experience with you here after the race!