I’m no music person, but this made for a pretty good “get pumped” playlist to listen to on our way to the Kerrville half ironman. For the remainder of the race I had Tron, Dragula, and Good Charlotte in my head. I think it kind of helped! It got me over the anxiety and put me into the Bad-A* mode.
So I’m finally coming down from my Half Ironman high, and I guess it’s time to write down some of my thoughts post-HIM. The race was a great accomplishment and life goal; a year ago I wouldn’t have though I could have completed it. I’m so happy I did it, and kept re-living the flood of emotions I felt at the finish line. It was also pretty special to have David there.
Do I want to do a Half Ironman again? Yes – I think I can do it faster. But what’s more is the idea of a Full Ironman is nagging at me. Badly. I know kiddos are on the horizon, and I’ve always joked about “Pre-Preggers” goals, which I don’t have a ton of time left to do. Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to having kids eventually and sharing that experience with David, but when I do, I fully expect and want my life to center around them and not me, so if there’s any “big” stuff I want to do, I need to do it now. Most goals I’ve joked about are attainable yet not as desirable due to cost and vacation time (Ride a stage of the Tour de France, climb one of the Seven Summits), so I’ve been at war in my head on what I really want to do over the next year. A Full IM could be pretty cool, but comes at a cost.
Reasons to do a Full IM in 2013:
- Most people say if you have a goal before kids, DO IT NOW. The Ironman seems like one of those things that will slip and never be done later. The training time is huge, and not very conducive toward raising a family.
- Work is not very stressful right now, and I have tons of time on my own while David works.
- IMTX is in my backyard and registration is still open
- I have the triathlon bug and it would be a fun milestone for my 30th birthday
Reasons not to do a Full:
- I only have so many years of enjoying time with David by ourselves, and do I want to spend it drenched in sweat?
- 24/7 training can make me too serious/intense… I tend to lose balance and could miss out on other fun things (hiking, social, taking it easy, etc.).
- IMTX is only 8 months out and I’d have to train through the winter for a possibly hot race
- Other fall IMs are already sold out or require IM Foundation slots + travel cost
- After you do a full, what’s next? <— David’s reasoning
Why do I feel the need to do a full? A lot of it centers around the fact that I have tons of spare time right now and need a goal. I guess I think it could be a fun goal, and I honestly enjoy planning training and crossing workouts off my list. I also like watching my fitness improve through training and generally like endurance events. I just don’t want to go crazy with it like so many do. It’s tough, there are a lot of other cool things you could spend the time on if you don’t invest it in 15 hours a week of working out… or even just all the cool shorter distance tri’s I could have lots of fun with. What do you think – is the Full worth it?