June 08, 2007

Don't Call It A Comeback...

I was out for a bike ride with Catherine this past weekend. We did hills. Lots of them. Mostly of the "up" variety.

The ride went fairly slowly. In fact, it took us nearly 5 hours to do what was supposed to be a 4 hour ride. I suppose cramming 5 hours into a 4 hour ride is like shoving 10 pounds of crap into a 5 pound sack. And if there's a couple-a people that can get all that crap shoved into that little sack, I suppose it'd be me and Catherine. The Crap Kings. (As opposed to the King Crab... which kinda makes me hungry, now that I mention it.)

About 4 hours into our shoulda-been-a-4-hour-ride, we started talking about Ironman. I'm not exactly sure what prompted the conversation, but I know Catherine's the one that brought it up. It's her fault. Apparently she half expected me to tell her that I had decided to do an Ironman next year. Silly silly girl.

She reminded me that I'm racing the SOS in September, which consists of a 17 mile run and 2-ish mile swim. And she helped me remember that we're racing the New York Marathon in November. You're just a bit of bike training away from Ironman shape, she pointed out.

Don't be crazy, I said as we pedaled along the coast. You're crazy. Don't be crazy. Try not to be crazy. Do me a favor, and ease off the crazy.

Seriously, she may very well have responded. If you're going to do another Ironman, you might as well capitalize on this year's training. Now's the time.

Hey now, I probably didn't say but wish I had. What are you trying to make me do? Enough already with the crazy talk.

But I have to admit, the conversation got me thinking. When it comes right down to it, as of November I'll hypothetically be in pretty good shape. And if I keep up the biking, and maintain the running and swimming for a few months, then..... well...... I suppose......

My friend Chris is doing his first Ironman in April. Ironman Arizona. Catherine and I were going to fly out there to cheer him on.

But my mind started thinking and the cogs started moving and the wheels started turning and next thing you know....

I've signed up for Ironman Arizona.
Once again, it's on.

Let the games begin.

5 comments:

pb said...

You dumb ass! Why would you do something silly as Ironman TWICE??
Oh... euh... wait... I'm doing #5 in a couple of weeks...
Forget that first remark, welcome back to IM training!! Looking forward to reading about it!

jbmmommy said...

Sounds like a great plan. (To me, who will be doing nothing like Ironman training) I look forward to following along.

Andra Sue said...

Sweet! Makes for good blog fodder, at the very least. :)

No Wetsuit Girl... overseas! said...

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Gosh, I wish the people I love were telling me that training for an IM were a good idea).

Robin said...

Yeah, I'm with No Wetsuit Girl, I'd love to hear that. Instead, I'm hearing "I thought you were going to take this year easy. Why are you signing up for more races?" LOL.

Seriously, congrats on remaining seriously infected with Ironfever, and best in your training for IMAZ!