So as I sit here, I have a major problem. Well, it’s not a problem per se, but it’s definitely something I didn’t expect.
So, my life post Chicago Marathon has been a gradual slope down a very steep hill. I didn’t realize how much I benefited from Training over the summer for the Marathon, until I sat down a few months ago. I furiously tried to plan my Race Calendar next year, sticking with safe bets and smaller distances.
However, as I sit here, I haven’t been in a gym or trained since running the Marathon. It’s one of those things ‘Yeah, I’ve been meaning to’ or at the very least, I could enjoy the diet I had been consuming (which is crap food for the most part) for a few months and get back on the horse. After all, I should be at a fitness level to bust out half-marathons without thinking, right?
But as it stands right now, I’ve lost all of my energy, I’ve regained some of my insomnia symptoms, and the kicker? I can’t deal with stress as easily as I used to do. It’s very weird, but my fitness regimen has to stick somehow, because the benefits outweigh almost everything.
And then, there is something else. I talked myself out of a Triathlon last year. While it was a good decision at the time, I’ve been sitting here literally DREAMING of doing one. I didn’t expect this, but again, it comes from a lifetime of putting my dreams on hold and accepting perceived limits.
So, as a New Year’s Resolution, I don’t want to commit to something that’s going to fizzle and fade out by February. I have to commit myself to something very large, plan it out and follow through.
Therefore, I’ve got this goal in mind for a Resolution. My promise to myself, and my friends.
I WILL COMPLETE A HALF-IRONMAN IN 2012.
Right now, I’ve got my eyes set on Ironman Racine, which is in July. However, I might not be ready by then and there are not many smaller Triathlon’s before the Racine Race happens. Ironman Austin is in October, but if I do that race, then peaking for the Chicago Marathon is out of the picture.
This is going to require changing a lot of things up. This is going to require a major investment in a Bike, and more time outdoors than I’m used to. Some of my social obligations may have to take a backseat.
But I’m sure that I can do it. I’ve got the support.