So here I am, all signed up for IRONMAN 70.3 Madison. How did we get to this point?
Well my wife and some of our mutual friends have been doing triathlons for a few years now. As an avid biker I would cheerfully join in the bike rides and then help out on race day shuttling around people and their stuff. After a while (and much encouragement from my wife), it started to look sort of fun.
Last January I took a “swimming for triathletes” course with Coach Justin Chester that got my swimming game going. Oh sure, I knew how to swim, but I didn’t really know how to swim if you catch my drift.
Next up was some running. An abridged version of couch-to-5k and I was the okayest runner around.
Biking? I was already the okayest bike rider so didn’t spend much time there 🙂
Did my first sprint tri in Boulder in June and my second at Evergreen in July. Had a lot more fun at both than I might have anticipated. (also learned that I’m really bad in transition)
I then spent the rest of the summer tagging along with my wife as she worked with her coach and training plan to prepare for her Ironman 70.3 Tempe. Lots of swimming and a fair amount of running and biking. Had to take a break after a bike crash in August (perhaps a post for another day) but still tried to keep up.
We went to Phoenix, I cheered on the wife and friends who raced Tempe and I found myself signing up for Madison. I’m not sure entirely what happened, but next thing I knew I had my email receipt and a funny feeling in my stomach…
Next up — finding a coach!