Well Could I?
So here’s the problem. Most of the triathlon / fitness blogs I read are written by real people. People like you or me. And they do really amazing things.
At the moment, I’m not even a triathlete at all - it’s more than 12 months since I last got painted, dunked, wind dried and pounded. So right now, I’m a ‘civilian’. That’s going to change in 26 days time, with the Stratford triathlon - the UK’s largest pool-based event.
And then what? Tall Friend and I have been eying up the next rung of the ladder - Olympic distance. Or there’s the possibility of doing two sprint events in the same day - the Warwick & Wombourne races are on the same day in September, and with an early start for one, and a late start for the other . . .
But do I really want to be metaphorically climbing the North Downs, when there are real mountains out there?
The enthusiasm of people like the ZappoMan (pictured, left, in blue when his regular costume and beard are both in the wash) has got me thinking. Really thinking.
Why not go for the Big One?
I know I could do each of the events, and probably even the swim within the time limit. But all three together? Could I get that focused on my training?
I really don’t know if I could. I don’t mean that I think I couldn’t, it’s just that I haven’t decided. What I do know is that as Mary Kay Ash said,
“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right“
I need to do some more thinking about this. And probably talk things over with my wife - it’ll mean a consistent 8 hours a week, rising to 12-16 or so in the lead up to race day. I definitely won’t be an Ironman this year, but Nice is starting to look kinda tempting in 2008 . . .