For the last 9 or 10 weeks, I've been busting my butt swimming, biking, and running with weekly mileage made higher by long 40+ mile bike rides, running mileage that is inching its way back up, and swims that I haven't done since high school. I've been sharing them on Sundays and acting as though my nearly 100 mile weeks were just some summer workouts gearing me up for my sprint triathlon (that I completed) or my International distance triathlon that is August 24th.
That's not entirely the case.
All along I've been following a plan. To be exact, I've been following a plan from this book:
And to be even more specific, it's the Half Ironman distance plan I've been following. I'm technically finishing Week 9 of the plan, though there have been additions and subtractions varying by week. A half Ironman plan is no joke at all. I'm pretty tired with sore legs most days.
And this has all been gearing me towards one of two races I've been juggling the idea of registering for since talking with my training friends Tori and Beth a while ago.
I was thinking either Ironman 70.3 Miami
As it is panning out with scheduling, my running mileage building, and Tim's ability to be there, it's looking like Rev3 is the one I'd end up at. And that one is November 10th.
Here's the thing. I haven't signed up yet. I'm getting ready to start week 10 of the training plan tomorrow (which will actually put me two weeks ahead and will have to be pushed back two weeks because I had planned Miami as the goal race), but I haven't typed in all the information and actually pulled the trigger yet. The idea of actually doing it is scaring the life out of me.
I have heard from four people now that doing a half ironman is less physically taxing and draining than running a marathon, but for some reason the thought of actually doing it scares me to death. The training is absolutely draining. I am useless when I'm not working out, and staying out until midnight on a weekend leaves me empty when I wakeup the next morning.
I had read blogs before of people who were training for a marathon but hadn't signed up for fear yet, and I didn't understand. Now I do. I am physically capable of completing this race; I'm sure of it. But actually signing up for it is scaring me to death.
That being said, I'm going to keep training. And I'm going to sign up. I just don't know what mileage marker for running or mileage for the week will put me over to actually pulling the trigger. I'll be sure to let you know when it happens, whether this week or in a month. And I'll be recapping my workouts again tomorrow. I am pushing today's workouts until later and want to include them in the recap.
Has there been something that you've been training for that you just couldn't bring yourself to signing up for because of nervousness or fear?
Feel free to linkup your workouts from the week and I'll link mine up tomorrow!