The First Step | Signing Up for Ironman Arizona

I took the first step today. I signed up for Ironman Arizona. The line was 500-deep when I got there at 5:30AM this chilly morning; after waiting in line for a few hours and talking to some cool peeps from Colorado and even Alabama, I’m in. I have a confirmation number and everything! As I go deeper into the Ironman culture, I hear stories of inspiration and hilarity. For example, standing in line today, I met a paramedic from Colorado who named his cats Chrissie and Crowie.

So the journey begins. I have 3 A-races now that I look forward to:

  1. Tucson Marathon on December 9, 2012 = 20 days and counting
  2. Ironman San Juan, Puerto Rico 70.3 on March 17, 2013 = 118 days and counting
  3. Ironman Arizona on November = 363 days and counting

My inspiration for pushing so hard can be attributed to a few folks. First of course, there is Chrissie Wellington. If you know me or have followed this blog, you already know why. The other elite athletes I look up to are Bree Wee (who also writes and excellent blog), Craig Alexander, Heather Jackson and Leanda Cave. I also enjoy talking to Will Rossiter about races; and of course my bike/run group folks (Kristi, Shelly, Brett, Chris, Maury, Nali, Ali, etc. etc.). Of course there is Bill (my coach). And to top it all off, there’s Binita, Simi and Missy (my two pups) who support me in everything I do (wait….this is starting to sound like an academy award speech – I will stop now).

Bill Wilson sent out race results from IMAZ for all the Camelback Coaching athletes. Will’s name was first (which was great to see). He also included a quote from Helen Keller:

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

As for my workout today, it is the first time I ran (treadmill) after almost ten days. It was an hour-long run that felt especially hard. I pushed it a bit in the middle and ended up running only 8.8 miles in 70 minutes; but was quite spent. My hip and shoulder are back to normal.

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