I think its all starting to dawn on me that I signed up for an Ironman.
As I have been slowly getting the engine going since the turkey trot, I have spent a little bit of time looking inside. Looking inside to wonder why someone would do something like this - something so consuming.
Some people pick up triathlon for a new challenge, or a hobby - including myself. But to sign up for an Ironman - thats big time. That's not like signing up for your local sprint. This is 140.6 miles. In it's simplest form, it's roughly 11-12 (or most likely more) hours of continuous exercise. When was the last time you did anything for 11-12 hours? And no, I don't mean sleep off a long night of boozing either.
I had a conversation with my good friend Bassam the other night, and we laughed about his theory of humans being a bored species. I mean seriously, spending how much time and money to do an Ironman? Are we that bored with our lives? We joked that if you could tell what we do now to a human from a couple hundred years ago, or to a animal like a Lion, each would look at you and be like "What the hell are you doing? 140.6 mile triathlon? You're an idiot!". I don't think either would receive an argument back from someone training for an Ironman.
Joking aside though, I think signing up for this "race" really made me look inside at WHY I would do such a thing (or other things for that matter). We all have our reasons for doing things, but to voluntarily sign yourself up for something that puts you completely out of your comfort zone and consumes you so much requires a little bit more. It doesn't matter what those reasons are - as long as they are important to you. I know my reasons and motivations for doing IMLP, which I will share with you over the season, but until then, it's safe to say that the "Journey" has started...