In 2009, I turned 40 years old. I had (like lots of folks) several things that were on my “bucket list” of things that I wanted to accomplish before the end of the year. One of those things was to run a marathon; the other to finish an Ironman.
I dedicated the vast majority of the year towards training for these two events. I crossed off my marathon goal in February when I finished 26.2 with Donna – the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer.
In August, I took a stab at crossing off the other goal by competing in Ironman Louisville. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite get to cross it off. I DNF’d at mile 132. (That’s 18 miles into the marathon in case you’re counting). By the time I returned to the start/finish line and was able to call my wife back in Florida, she had already gone online and paid a ton of money to get me a community fund spot at Ironman Florida – eight weeks later.
So, in early November 2009, I toed the line in the sand at Panama City and conquered my bucket list. I finished the race, and achieved my goal of “just finishing”.
I think I’m finally eager to race another full distance triathlon. No longer am I comfortable with “just finishing”. I want to race. I’ve been thinking about this for several months now. I’ve run the idea past my CEO/COO (my wife). I’ve chatted with friends about it. I am almost over the mental hurdle that one must cross before committing themselves to an endeavor like this.
Now comes the hard part. Deciding which race I want to do.
I have defined a few parameters that most likely limit my choices. For starters, I’m interested in a late summer or early fall race. So that effectively knocks out a good chunk of the Ironman brand races. Since I live and train in an area that is as flat as your bathtub, I’m probably not looking to do a “hilly” race. That probably effectively reduces my selections as well. I’d prefer to not travel too terribly far, but that factor is probably last on my decision tree.
At this point, I think my main options are Rev3 Cedar Point, Ironman Louisville (yes, I know it’s hilly – but I have a demon to slay there), Ironman Florida, Beach to Battleship and Great Floridian. There may be other late season races out there that I am not familiar with – if there are, drop me a comment with details.
Any thoughts or suggestions?