Monday, November 8, 2010

Let's Review!

It has recently come to my attention that there are still friends of mine out there who don't know that I'm traveling to Australia at the end of the month to compete in Ironman Western Australia. How is this possible*?! It's just about the only thing I've talked about for the past six months, if not longer!

Anyway, for those of you who are just finding out, or even for those of you who've organically stumbled upon my boring ol' blog, here's a quick recap to get you up to speed.

  • In February, I emailed Alex and we hatched this whole, crazy Ironman plan.
  • I spent March training. I did a pretty sweet swim one day, and an awesome mini-triathlon on another.
  • April was kind of dull. I pulled a few muscles. I got sick. I got rained on.
  • In May, I finished my first real Half Ironman event - the World's Toughest Half - in Auburn, California.
  • June was fun. I adopted a new diet and rode a 200K.
  • Volumes kept going up and up through July and August. The Livestrong Challenge was a definite highlight.
  • Oli, Kevin and I dominated an Ironman-distance relay, the Vineman. Seriously. We won.
  • At the end of July, Alex had to bail out on the trip. There was a 10-minute span where I wasn't sure the it would still happen, but after some soul-searching, I decided I had a lot of very good reasons to continue.
  • In September, I bought some sick wheels and broke the 5-hour mark in the Big Kahuna Half Ironman.
  • Then I hurt my foot. Fortunately, it wasn't as bad as I thought.
  • Now I'm in the home stretch.

Seems crazy that nine months of blood, sweat and tears can be summarized so simply. I highly recommend you skim the archives of this blog - it's not all as boring as I may claim. Some of it might actually be pretty darn interesting. At the very least, please check out the eight or ten posts I highlight on the left-hand side of the page - the race reports and the recommended reading. At the ABSOLUTE minimum, read this one.

At this point, I'm four weeks away (less!) and ready to start tapering down. I've got most of my equipment sorted. I've got a lot of the preliminary kinks to work out, trip-wise. Buckle your seatbelts - it's full-speed ahead to race-day.

* - Side note: I blame Facebook for this. Everyone is so used to having their old friend's lives spoon-fed to them. Our society is getting lazy - keeping in touch has become passive, not active. Wake up, people! Your Facebook network is a subset of your social circle, not the other way around. End rant.