In the last couple of months, I have been asked why I’m competing this year in an Ironman70.3 rather than a full Ironman. Why not go for the full challenge of an Ironman as some people do for a challenge or/and charity!
Those questioning were not judging me but they somehow made me feel answering with “why don’t you do it yourself”! But that’s not the way to react, or is it….…..
So why not the full Ironman this year? There are a few reasons why, including £££££ (the cost of the event, accommodation, and so on), training v daily life/family time but most of all I do not want to rush into it. I have a sporting target as a Triathlete to complete an Ironman but I also want to complete it in a good time. Since starting competing in Triathlons three years ago, I have and continue to enjoy the training, the challenges, the camaraderie between Triathletes and the great atmosphere and support at all events. All events are different in their own way and offer different challenges, which I look forward to every single time.
After completing different distances, I did a 70.3 race locally two years ago…… And suffered! I really enjoyed it and feel proud to have completed but I now can admit I wasn’t ready for it. I thought I would be OK, physically and mentally, as you do, but believe me, I wasn’t. But what a great experience it was!
Since then, my wish to complete a full Ironman event has grown on me even more. I am competing in the Staffordshire Ironman70.3 race on the 14th of June with a couple of sprint Triathlons, a 10k road race and a half marathon prior to that. AND I CANNOT WAIT! I am exciting that the longer days are around the corner which means open water swimming at the lake starts soon, the 11th April to be precise where I am going to swim the miles to get my swim in great shape for the big event in June.
So, my aim after this season, which by the way will end with my first full Marathon just before Christmas! is to work hard on my swim and body strength over the winter, and concentrate on long running races in 2016, with hopefully a couple of Marathons …….. for a target of a full Ironman in 2017!
As you can see, I’m taking my time to get to the Ironman, I am taking my time to reach the best of my abilities, I’m taking my time to make sure I do not rush and therefore stress my body, but most of all I’m taking my time because I love every minute of that journey, of my quest for the holy grail of Triathlons.
I’m taking my time because I can ……..