B - 242.0 miles
R - 56.8 miles
Time - 23.65 hours
Racing is a funny thing. For many it represents the validation of training, the "raison d'etre" for their weekly sufferings. Personally, I wouldn't train if I did not race; I do not see the point. Sure, I like being fit but there are other (less time consuming) ways to accomplish that goal.
Racing SHOULD be simple. It is merely a swim, bike and run tied together in one single event. That's it. There's nothing "special" about racing. No mystical things that help you all of a sudden go faster, harder, longer than you ever have before (although a good taper can definitely help!). So why then does racing make you so nervous?
For Ironman, there are certain things that make a race MORE than just another race. It is a simple fact of life. The expense, the travel, the volume of participants, the location; it all adds up to make the race itself FEEL more important than it actually is (unless of course you've read this blog post and realize that Ironman IS ALL THERE IS). I get that, I really do. But REALLY, it's simply a long day of working not-that-hard. Why then, is it SO NERVE-RACKING!
|Before start at B2B Full '09 you bet your ASS I was nervous!|
|First ever triathlon (NOLA 70.3 '09) with 50 miles to go. I was nervous but I had enough fluids for sure!|
Ironman is a whole different beast. The full distance is just a long freakin' day. You're not going that hard, it's not a physical struggle, you're just trying to slow down less than the other guys and gals. Because everybody slows down. Eventually. There is great expense involved, usually. There are huge time commitments in both training and doing the actual race. As a consequence, generally there is some freak-out before you toe the line.
|IMKY '10 I am nervous and people are about to start peeing all over the place|
|Getting to wear your full finisher's medal around the next day is worth the nervousness, no doubt!|
Next Sunday I'll be racing for the second to last time this year down in Venice at Rev3 Florida. It's a race I DNF'd last year and it was a sad note on which to end a pretty good season. This year I have zero expectations for this race other than to go moderately quick and recover quickly as two very important weeks of training for Cozumel ensue immediately once the legs come around post-race.
|Lemme just scoot around your bike Richie Cunningham|