I have never done a Triathlon. Actually I have never even practiced a triathlon transition. Yet, last week I decided to sign up to do an Ironman in Switzerland next August. I guess within the world of weekend warriors, professional and non-ultra athletes, the Ironman is as tough as it gets. A 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and finished by a full marathon. Altogether and if I make it, it should take me upwards of twelve hours to run across the finish line as an Ironman.
Now why would I do that? A few reasons.
One, and most importantly. Because I can. Training for an Ironman is a very selfish thing to do. It’s almost like a second job and something very hard to accomplish when you have a family. Right now I can be selfish, and devote that much time to a passion of mine. Plus if you decide to do something new (like getting into Triathlons), you might as well just go big. No reason not to.
Two, ever since graduating college I have put my full commitment into my career. I have worked late hours, moved up and down the West Coast a few times and have made lots of sacrifices to get where I am today. While my professional endeavors are as important as ever, it’s time to add some balance.
Three, I am going to be 30 in a couple of years. And since I’ve always believed that life is short and that you need to do what you love and do it sooner than later, I am going to complete an Ironman before the age of 30. Sure I could do this when I am 31, but knowing myself, I’ll have more other goals to pursue then.
Last but not least, this race is in Europe and that means a lot to me. While I have spent my entire adulthood in the States, being European is important to me. And many of great friends and all my family is in Europe, many of who I don’t get to see nearly enough. So while training for and competing in this race, I want to pay tribute to my European heritage, friends and family. Crossing the finish line of an Ironman will undoubtedly be one of the greatest memories of my life, and I am glad it will be on European soil.
Wish me luck as I begin this one year journey of becoming an Ironman.